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gluck on tennyson’s “the lovesong of j alfred prufrock” part 3

Posted by rigorousm on December 1, 2014

It is, in fact, individuating voice that Prufrock doesn’t have; no longer hopes to have; he had to borrow a voice to speak. [His] best hope is a complete abandonment of presumption; he can only hope to be annexed by some larger spirit. To concede identity, to see oneself in the role of attendant lord, comic, servile– this is tragic event, diluted because prolonged. It presents, also, a version of those feelings exalted in religion.

— Louise Gluck, “Invitation and Exclusion” Proofs and Theories: essays on poetry, p 118.

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