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Connections to TS Eliot???
« on: April 15, 2014, 12:03:04 AM »
This is random but I was reading The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by TS Eliot and I found a few connections to AC


6 Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels



10 To lead you to an overwhelming question …
11 Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”

In One Breath, Anna Calvi is going to say something that will "change everything". Prufrock is about to ask something that will change his destiny forever.


34 Before the taking of a toast and tea.

All British people like tea...?


122 Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
123 I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
124 I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

125 I do not think that they will sing to me.

Sing to me


126I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
127 Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
128 When the wind blows the water white and black.

Rider to the Sea

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Re: Connections to TS Eliot???
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2014, 07:38:18 AM »
Really interesting!

Re 'overwhelming question', a similar ploy of referring to a very important question but not giving the answer - and as in One Breath - is in the wonderful P J Harvey's wonderful Stories from the City Stories from the Sea album, on the wonderful 'You Said Something':


You said something
That I've never forgotten

You said something
You said something
You said something
That was really important

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Re: Connections to TS Eliot???
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2014, 08:04:53 AM »
Outstanding analysis... Anna does have a lot in common with the existential crisis of the hetero white male. The only line from the poem that I could possibly add:

"I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled."

As a vertically challenged person, I think Anna could really identify with this.

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Re: Connections to TS Eliot???
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2014, 01:05:11 PM »
Really interesting!

Re 'overwhelming question', a similar ploy of referring to a very important question but not giving the answer - and as in One Breath - is in the wonderful P J Harvey's wonderful Stories from the City Stories from the Sea album, on the wonderful 'You Said Something':


You said something
That I've never forgotten

You said something
You said something
You said something
That was really important

PJ being her usual insightful self... my favourite lines from her have to be in Reeling:

"I wanna bathe in milk, eat grapes
Robert de Niro sit on my face"

Now, Anna has referred to soaking her hands in milk, but I'm not sure she's professed her desire for Robert De Niro just yet.

Perhaps there is a link between Anna and the lyrics to 50 Ft Queenie:

"You wanna hear my song,
you come and measure me
I'm 20 inches long!"

I think that's a pretty accurate reflection of Anna's height. Perhaps the almighty Peej had a premonition about who was to be her successor (at least, according to the journalists).

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Re: Connections to TS Eliot???
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2014, 08:09:14 PM »
Re Robert de Niro: well, Taxi Driver is an Anna favourite. But, still, I would be surprised - and not a little alarmed - if she wanted him to do that

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Re: Connections to TS Eliot???
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2014, 05:03:18 AM »
Re Robert de Niro: well, Taxi Driver is an Anna favourite. But, still, I would be surprised - and not a little alarmed - if she wanted him to do that

You never know who she writes her songs to, for example it might actually have been "de Niro Desire"  ;D