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The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

i. S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse
ii. A persona che mai tornasse al mondo
iii. Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse
iv. Ma percioche giammai di questo fondo
v. Non torno vivo alcun, s’i’odo il vero
vi. Senza tema d’infamia ti rispondo

If I but thought one response were made
To one perhaps returning to the world
This tongue of flame would cease to flicker
But since, up from these depths
No one has yet returned alive, if I hear true
Without fear of infamy, I’ll answer

What is the purpose of the disparate allusions to Ecclesiastes and Hesiod in lines 17-18?


To showcase how convoluted society has made his mind.


To emphasize the pointlessness he feels in comparison to others.


To highlight how the typical educated upper-class mind thinks.


To suggest that the work involves murdering and creating.


To insinuate that society puts value in the wrong things.

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