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Mermaids
Posted by: gov (216.248.34.---)
Date: July 11, 2003 11:20AM

I need some help! I am looking for the poem that contains "I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each, but they will not sing to me, no, they will sing to me no more"


Re: Mermaids
Posted by: Henry (213.78.160.---)
Date: July 11, 2003 11:29AM

Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965); The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

You can find a copy of the words here;
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Cf. John Donne's "Song," with its "Teach me to hear mermaids singing." Arthur Symons' The Symbolist Movement in Literature (London: Heinemann, 1899) quotes "El Desdichado" (The Disinherited') by Gérard de Nerval(1808-55): "J'ai rêvé dans la grotte où nage la sirène" (I have dreamed in the cave where the siren swims'; p. 37).

Henry




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