Let's not ignore however that Salome was responsible for the bloody violence. Beheading has an obvious Freudian connotation.
One of the meanings of the image of the head on a platter is Prufrock's fear of being unmanned by a woman.
Only one, though. The other associations that accrue to the image are all fully valid, if they in fact connect to it.
> Nancy, anyone who is so obsessed with sinful women that he exposes
> himself in public in this way has problems that literary criticism
> cannot solve. I would leave him alonge with his obsession. I've seen
> worse in books published by university presses, and such books just get
> ignored. If I remember correctly, according to Kenneth Burke this was
> Marianne Moore's editorialpolicy: Long reviews for good books; shor
> reviews for mediocre books, and no review for rally bad books. It more
> or less works.
> Incidentally, the head upon a platter is almost certainly an allusion
> not to Scriptur but to Strauss' Salome. "I will kiss thy mouth, Joachim"
> or something like that. Prufrock in his lonely frustration dreams of
> being the object of such attentions.
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