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The continued monologue of one who would never return [re+turn] 
 
Because I do not hope to turn again
Because I do not hope
Because I do not hope to turn
Desiring this man's gift and that man's scope
I no longer strive to strive towards such things
 
-- 'Ash-Wednesday'
 
an affirmation of a perspective in dante
 
CR

--- On Tue, 2/2/10, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:








   
 
http://astore.amazon.co.uk/englishlitera-21/detail/0571225160
 
-- a person who could/would/might never return to "the world"
 
 CR

--- On Tue, 2/2/10, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:








Words that struck a chord in Eliot 
 
One can visualize Eliot reflect on Montefeltro's words and make them into a starting point for a confessional monologue of a person who could/would/might (conversely) never return to the world -- a persona that lives out this philosophy of indifference to "the world" not just in 'Prufrock' but in the rest of Eliot's poetry.
 
CR

--- On Mon, 2/1/10, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:







Peter, going by Eliot's habits of mind (ref. Southam), the epigraph may have provided him with a clue, the all-important starting point, for conceiving this dramatic monologue as a disguised mode of confession [a la Montefeltro in Inferno] -- putting on the persona of a middle aged man. Apart from what "persona" denotes in the epigraph, it could easily suggest to Eliot the technique of "persona" as a masque for a character other than the poet himself. 
 
Thanks & regards,
 
CR


--- On Mon, 2/1/10, Peter Montgomery <venture_v@TELUS....NET> wrote:




Let us not over look Dante's use of the word PERSONA in Eliot's epigraph
of the poem.
 
P.