Monday, October 25, 2010

Not a Japanese Horror Film


I should have been a pair of ragged claws
Scuttling across the floors of silent seas


--From The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot

It's wrong to confuse an author with his or her works...but he has a dyspeptic look that seems perfect for a crab, does Eliot. Not to mention the poem being set in October, in keeping with its Autumnal mood. I'm going with literature-related t-shirts on Mondays for awhile. Next week, continuing with the nautical theme, I'll have the Ancient Mariner up.

12 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

THat is my favorite poem.

Poet in Residence said...

Somebody, maybe Dylan Thomas, said that TSE was like an ocean liner as he entered the room. I suppose he meant by that that all the lesser poets gave way before him like the parting of waves.

A scuttling crab? Maybe I'll take that with a small pinch of salt?

Totalfeckineejit said...

We are of,
life is,
a Japanese horror film, are
we the 80 cent soundtrack to our own demise?
Erase, re-wind and flicker,flicker flicker

ger said...

Prufrock, ha... - question is: how does he wipe his glasses...?!

Art said...

What a great quote to pull for inspiration. Froma great poem as well...

Chris David Richards said...

'Till human voices wake us, and we drown.'

Eva said...

*smile*

j. said...

favourite poem of all time. no question. and by my favourite contemporary artist! can't get much better than that.

Celeste Bergin said...

ah, but it could be a Japanese Horror Film..lol..if he weren't quite so friendly looking

Jenny Woolf said...

Absolutely. You've got a great likeness of TSE too.

Margaret said...

Oh. Those coffee spoons.

Titus said...

So much of this is just perfect.