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July 07, 2010


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What strikes me most is an echo I hear in Yeats' poem not of Auden but of Eliot's "Prufrock." Look at the way Yeats rhymes "Michelangelo" with "to and fro," just as Eliot's famous couplet has "come and go" rhyming with "Michelangelo." Thoughts?

Luke, you're right! Clearly this echo-game is a slippery slope. I missed that echo of Eliot, but it's sure there. Thanks!

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