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All in Good Time

Do I dare

Disturb the universe?

In a minute there is time

For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

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

I love this quote. The wording and line divisions just make it so lyrical. The other reason I chose this quote, however, is for its theme. Lines 23 through 48 deal heavily with time: the passage of time and what we can do with time. In all of our busy lives today, it is hard to find the patience to wait for anything. We almost always have this underlying need to rush...like we think we will never get everything acomplished if we don't rush. At certain times, this may be the case. However, when we do sit back and relax, it seems we lose all sense of time...we have all the time in the world, it would seem. These two (or three, if you include the two lines about the women talking about Michelangelo) stanzas seem to make it out like there is always more time. It has almost a relaxed feel to it.

"There will be time, there will be time."


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