My last post mentioned that I thought there is a link between the Little Gidding section alluding to Inferno Canto XV and lines from Prufrock that also appear to allude to Canto XV. Looking again at LG, Eliot may have explicitly signaled that link. Notice the lines from LG that talk about "revisiting streets" and compare them to Prufrock:
And he: 'I am not eager to rehearse
My thoughts and theory which you have forgotten.
These things have served their purpose: let them be.
. . .
So I find words I never thought to speak
In streets I never thought I should revisit
When I left my body on a distant shore.
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
. . .
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
Let us go and make our visit.
As far as the reference to "I left my body on a distant shore", consider TSE's friend Jean Verdenal, killed at Gallipoli. Rick Parker's web site has lots of good information about Verdenal:
-- Tom --
I can only say, Tom, there is strong point in your observations here,
as elsewhere in your earlier posts on 'Dans', and on The Fire Sermon
much earlier. Material enough up your sleeves, I guess, for a paper
if not a book.
IMHO, "homosexuality" must have formed part of Eliot's experience(?)/
perception of man's fallen state.
--- On Sat, 12/13/08, Tom Colket <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Tom Colket <[log in to unmask]>