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It’s You and I, Babe

In Good Grammer: Them's the Rules on July 5, 2014 at 12:24 am


Let us go, then, you and I
When the evening is spread out against the sky…
from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

 

 

 

Nobel Prize-winning poet, T.S. Eliot was educated at Harvard, Oxford and the Sorbonne.   Whatever we may thnk of his poetry,  he certainly should have known the  rules of English grammar.

In spite of his impeccable credentials, however,  Eliot got the first  line of his famous Prufrock poem quite wrong.  Any sharp freshman English student could tell you that the line should read, Let us go then, you and ME.

Okay, T.S., “I” rhymes with “sky.”  We get that.  But couldn’t you  have changed  “I” to “me”and “sky” to “sea?”

One Nobel Prize and you can get away with anything.

-M.B.