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What do you think the statement by the statement, "Do i dare disturb the universe?"

What do you think the statement by the statement, "Do i dare disturb the universe?"

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The question derives from TS Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," which concerns a man growing old, wondering about his worth, nervous about what others think of him. The phrase in the poem can be understood as rather humorous, for all the speaker intends to do is ask a woman a question, and that surely would not "disturb the universe." The point is that often we think our actions are greater than they are, which makes us afraid to do anything at all, to take any risks in life. Using this direct quote from this famous poem is a literary...

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