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January 30, 2007

Malinger - My New Favorite Word

Eliot, ''The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'' -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

And the afternoon, the evening, sleeps so peacefully!
Smoothed by long fingers,
Asleep...tired...or it malingers;
Stretched on the floor, here beside you and me.

To be perfectly honest I just picked this because I didn't know what the word "malingers" meant and I thought it sounded really cool rhyming with "fingers" and so I wanted to look it up and share my new knowledge. Malinger means to pretend to be ill or otherwise incapable in order to avoid doing work. (I am sure you'll remember this word, since I am sure we have all done it to some extent, at least when we were young!) So then my next thought was, well what exactly is malingering? It seems that something is being personified...is it the afternoon and evening? That is the best answer I can come up with, but I am not sure as to why these specific times of day would be personified throughout these lines. Anyone have any brilliant ideas?

Posted by LorinSchumacher at January 30, 2007 11:50 PM

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