I have a special soft spot for The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock of course. I do recommend that if you haven't read it, you do. One of the favourite segments for quotation is this one:
Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.
And I do love that. But today I have gone a little further afield in Eliot's poetry to bring you one of his Preludes. I love the feeling this one evokes. I also advise whispering it out loud -- it has a sort of rhythm that isn't immediately obvious if not heard on the tongue.
Thanks again to Cara at Ooh... Books! for hosting this weekly celebration of poetry!
From The Waste Land and other poems by T. S. Eliot, this edition published by Faber and Faber originally in 1972:
The winter evening settles down
With smell of steaks in passageways.
The burnt-out ends of smoky days.
And now a gusty shower wraps
The grimy scraps
Of withered leaves about your feet
And newspapers from vacant lots;
The showers beat
On broken blinds and chimney-pots,
And at the corner of the street
A lonely cab-horse steams and stamps.
And then the lighting of the lamps.
I love these poems. For Christmas I got the 50th anniversary edition which as well as the terrific cat poems has some of the most wonderful cat illustrations I have ever seen.
Love this poem ... and it did so remind me of Cats too ... you can tell he was the source of the show. I saw it ages ago and we had really really good seats. I think the costumers were amazing ... they all looked like cats.
Love that line, "The burnt-out ends of smoky days". Genius.
I beleive that my copy of Old Possum's book of Practical Cats was my first grown-up book of poetry that I owned. I still have it; sorry you don't have yours anymore. At least you've gotten to see "Cats"; I haven't.
Petty Witter - I'm going to have to keep my eye out for that, then. My love of cats has not abated over the years.
Jenners - I remember how the actors were so... cat-like in their movements, too. It was incredible.
Valerie - That's my favourite line, too! There's really something about it. And I like the way the verse ends, as well. I am hoping that my copy of Old Possum will turn up somewhere in my parents' house. My books regularly seem to...
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