Thanks, Ken. As for chronology, Eliot could always go back to the lines (in Dante) that might have inspired him in the first place and choose to make them into an epigraph subsequently.

--- On Wed, 2/3/10, Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Nancy Gish wrote:
> Why do you ignore the fact that the word does not mean "persona" in Italian
    CR says explicitly "*a person who could/would/might..."    etc. Do you see it? "Persona" he uses in reference to Prufrock. Can we not say Prufrock is a persona? "One can visualize," not
"one can confirm that" is as legitimate a way of grasping (at) Eliot's poetry as any.

Ken A
> and that Eliot did not use that epigraph when he first wrote the poem?  It was not, chronologically, a starting point: the poem was written with a different epigraph. So it is not clear what point you are making.
> Nancy
> >>> Chokh Raj 02/02/10 10:00 PM >>>
> 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 * (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]" ymailto="mailto:[log in to unmask]">[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.