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mike js



Joined: 28 Nov 2008
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Location: Cambridgeshire, UK

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:29 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Apparently I am The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I'm not sure what this means, but I see no reason to panic.


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Simon The Sponge



Joined: 13 Dec 2008
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Location: Gillingham, Kent

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



If only I were really that optimistic


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Marita



Joined: 21 Nov 2008
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Location: Flanders, Belgium

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You're Prufrock and Other Observations

Though you are very short and often overshadowed, your voice is poetic and lyrical. Dark and brooding, you see the world as a hopeless effort of people trying to impress other people. Though you make reference to almost everything, you've really heard enough about Michelangelo. You measure out your life with coffee spoons.



Well, there was no need to mention my size. Short? I'm 5 foot, that's not short, that is perfect.
Don't know what the last sentence is apart from twaddle.

Marita


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TheRejectAmidHair



Joined: 19 Nov 2008
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Location: Staines, Middlesex

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marita wrote:
Don't know what the last sentence is apart from twaddle.


Twaddle!? That's not twaddle! That's TS-bleedin'-Eliot, that is!  Smile


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Marita



Joined: 21 Nov 2008
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Location: Flanders, Belgium

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The coffee-spoon line? Is it really? Must be better when seeing it in context then. Very Happy

Marita


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TheRejectAmidHair



Joined: 19 Nov 2008
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Location: Staines, Middlesex

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
 So how should I presume?

Here's the whole thing:


http://www.everypoet.com/Archive/...ove_song_of_j_alfred_prufrock.htm


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Evie
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Joined: 24 Oct 2008
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Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire, UK

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As you thought, Marita - a lot better and a lot more meaningful in context!


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Jen M



Joined: 24 Nov 2008
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Location: Middlesex, UK

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm, well, I'm The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  

You were just looking for some decent clothes when everything changed quite dramatically. For the better or for the worse, it is still hard to tell. Now it seems like winter will never end and you feel cursed. Soon there will be an epic struggle between two forces in your life and you are very concerned about a betrayal that could turn the balance. If this makes it sound like you're re-enacting Christian theological events, that may or may not be coincidence. When in doubt, put your trust in zoo animals.


I then tried the University quiz and I'm apparently Bowdoin College (where?)
"Though you say you thrive under the sun, you tend to actually prefer snow. Lots and lots of snow. You're a big Civil War buff, and like to imagine yourself having influence at that time of history. Known for being quite a cook, you've also been known to hit the bottle on more than one occasion. After all, there's not much else to do in all that snow. You love those December Coke commercials."
Civil War Buff???    Quite a cook?????   I do like Coke, but I ignore commercials.  Bizarre.



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Marita



Joined: 21 Nov 2008
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Location: Flanders, Belgium

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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As you thought, Marita - a lot better and a lot more meaningful in context!


Itís lovely and sad, disillusioned somehow. I have to read the whole thing some time.

Marita


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TheRejectAmidHair



Joined: 19 Nov 2008
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Location: Staines, Middlesex

PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, it's a lovely poem, Marita! I'd have been really chuffed if I'd come out as Prufrock in this quiz.

And you're right, of course - it is a desperately sad poem. It is a meditation on the apparent insignificance of our ordinary lives. But despite the ordinariness of of it all, there are throughout passages of haunting beauty. But this beauty all too often juxtaposed with passages that are deliberately banal, and the sense of bathos one frequently encounters creates a most curious effect. Just look at those few lines I quoted above: the bit about the "coffee spoons" is deliberately banal, but coming as it does within those lines of haunting beauty, it is somehow transformed.

Maybe we should talk about this poem next in the poetry section of this board!



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