It (coffee) reflects on a lifestyle subsequently elaborated in The Waste Land's
Hofgarten:
 
And drank coffee, and talked for an hour.
 
CR


Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
There is a difference in size between coffee and teaspoons. Coffee
resonates better
with the sound pattern. Tablespoons involves the image of tables which
is irrelevant, The two syllables of caw-fee have roughly equal length,
while TAY is longer than BLE. The equal length of the sillybulls
reinforces the meaning of the line.

Cheers,
Peter

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 8:40 AM
Subject: Word Choice

> Why would "I have measured out my life in tablespoons" not quite have
> done the trick?
>
> Carrol

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