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Comment 10 of 70, added on July 9th, 2012 at 7:20 PM.
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Comment 6 of 70, added on May 18th, 2009 at 4:54 PM.
One wonders if this poem could be a reference to his wife Vivienne as she
is referred to as having "downy hair" on her arms in the lamp light in The
Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock when he refers to her as almost a
representative woman. This poem goes some way in proving that Eliot is a
great poet for his intense lyricism as seen here in this poem's almost
elegiac tone as well as for his masterful handling of subversive subject
Sophie Ogilvie from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 70, added on June 2nd, 2006 at 4:45 PM.
In the few comments here, people seem to be making note of the line "the
hair over her arms and her arms full of flowers" - I, personally, believe
to fully understand this line the reader needs to continue to connect this
directly to the next line "And I wonder how they should have been
together!" Eliot is using a metaphor to describe her bad and good
characteristics and reflects, in an older stage of his life, if they could
have worked together in a relationship with himself.
Seamus from United States
Comment 4 of 70, added on November 25th, 2005 at 3:54 PM.
You can hear T.S. Eliot giving a reading of this poem online at The Academy
of American Poets at poets.org
Sarah from United States
Comment 3 of 70, added on July 23rd, 2005 at 4:27 AM.
the poem is one such that brings you to tears literally by the sheer
imagery and the content. i have been reading !!! this poem for the last 15
years and have never been tired. as far as the hair 'on' her arms comment i
believe one really sees what one wants to. looking at the sunset a dying
man said, '' what a pity for the sun to be no more''. the poem is wonderful
for its power to move and make one think if not feel.
Comment 2 of 70, added on March 16th, 2005 at 1:15 PM.
Eliot was certainly an odd duck, but he's always been one of my favorite
odd ducks -- despite the romanticism I believe that generation held with
playing God -- especially in the melancholy of blowing up the world ... "La
Figlia che Piange" is one of my favorite poems by Eliot -- I prefer his
earlier work --
Readers of this poem should be aware that "the hair over her arms and her
arms full of flowers," is Eliot remarking about the hair "on" her arms ...
perhaps, even, in a repulsive manner. So subtle was this poet.
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Comment 1 of 70, added on August 21st, 2004 at 10:41 AM.
T. S. Eliot is one of those poets who has a very special place in our
heart. Most of his poems are successfully explain their theme in a very
stylish waqy. This poem creats a very beautiful atmosphere around us and
shows us many shades of moods at a time. Personaly, I like it very much.
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