Before I begin I feel obligated again to acknowledge that I have been interested i SO MANY posts here of late but not been able to jump in at the right time and wishing I could write all the stuff swirling around in my head.
But thanks to all of you who are keeping this board SO interesting.
Now I have a question -
I was thinking about something - (okay I will admit it, I was thinking about the blurry line btw hs and us and the point where us departs completely onto its own philosophy of learning and knowledge, as opposed to being a "more flexible" or "more relaxed" form of hs - which in practical terms is how I have often thought about it). At some point in my internal discussion, I thought to myself,
"That is not it, at all."
And the voice in my head that said this was quoting the Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock.
Now the funny thing about this poem is that I think about it SO OFTEN. And quote from it with some expectation of being understood as quoting from it - I guess it works this way for famous movies too.
But how did this poem enter the popular culture other than being assigned in school? (Note that I have no idea if this is assigned all across the country or it was just my English teacher)
Does the fact that we all read this poem in school add something to our lives - maybe not what the canon-makers thought it would or should, but key phrases like
And in short, I was afraid.
Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
Just to make it clear - I am not asking whether we should "strew" from the canon or do anything in particular to see that it is read or learned.
(And though it is another fascinating discussion I am also not asking (here) whether the canon is well-founded, imperialist, misogynist, or otherwise defective.)
I am just wondering ... hmm, let me see, what am I wondering? :lol
ok, just took a shower and figured out what i was wondering ...
Movies/TV have million dollar budgets to push them into popular culture.
Literary work has school (also getting tied into the corporate culture, in form & content).
What do we have?