Friday, March 18, 2005

The Imagist Movement and Prufrock

...have occupied my evening, my search stemming from this Salt and Ice post, and in my reading I happened upon a familiar refrain. Ian Johnston, in his lecture on T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and The Waste Land, says "I can remember from my childhood BBC radio reports on funding to the arts in which hostile critics quoted a chunk of "Prufrock" ("I grow old . . . I grow old . . ./ I shall wear the bottom of my trousers rolled") as examples of the idiocy of governmental support for the arts".

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