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Among other things, one could also perhaps look at the lines vis-a-vis a certain impoverishment of life brought about by the erosion of "tradition" -- an erosion that Eliot's critical and creative oeuvre laments. 

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--- On Mon, 5/31/10, Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The lines certainly make an impression.
> Something like a seen from the Great Depression.
> Perhaps a foreshadowing thereof.
>  
> P.
> 
>   ----- Original Message

>   From: Chokh Raj 
>   To: [log in to unmask]
>   Sent: Saturday, May 29, 2010 6:42 AM
>   Subject: Re: a poetic reflection
         
> "The dripping plastered houses stand
>  Like mendicants without regrets
>  For unpaid debts
>  Hand in pocket, undecided,
>  Indifferent if derided." 
>         
> The lines deserve to stand at the head of Eliot's pre-Conversion
> poetry up to The Hollow Men. I hope you've enjoyed the 
> ramifications of each phrase.
>          

> --- On Thu, 5/27/10, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>         
>  //A funtabulous fusion of hilarity and seriousness, Eliot's lines from 'Fourth Caprice in Montparnasse' deserve to stand at the head of "Prufrock and Other Observations" //
>            
>  -- an acid comment on what Vincent Sherry calls //"[the] underside of
> urban modernity"//