Yeats, Eliot, and Indecision on Stairs
In 1933 W.B. Yeats published the book of poetry “The Winding Stair and Other Poems”
The poem Vacillation V, from this book, has the following stanza:
Things said or done long years ago,
Or things I did not do or say
But thought that I might say or do,
Weight me down, and not a day
But something is recalled,
My conscience or my vanity appalled.
The idea of vacillations on a staircase remind me of the vacillations on a staircase of Prufrock in T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock:
And indeed there will be time
To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?”
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.