Donne and Prufrock walk into a bar; the mermaid ducks.

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"Donne's persona pictures women as adversaries to be treated with caution. Donne's use of the mermaid image to suggest the danger women pose to men most probably alludes to The Odyssey, in which only the wily Odysseus survived hearing the sirens' song."
(Blythe and Sweet)

If I hadn't already known better and had only based my knowledge of women on Donne's and Eliot's poems, I would be deathly afraid of women. They do not paint a pretty picture for the female gender. I wonder if each had written his respective bit of poetry after some sort of relationship breakdown? What could have inspired both of these men to be so disdainful towards women? I don't think it's anything a good hug wouldn't cure.

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL150/2008/close_reading_1.php

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