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            My cousin […] took me out on a sled,  

            And I was frightened. He said, Marie,

            Marie, hold on tight. And down we went.  

            In the mountains, there you feel free.  

            I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.

                        T.S. Eliot:  The Wasteland, The Burial of the Dead


To the Prologue:


Samuel Taylor Coleridge published "Kubla Khan" with a prologue.  He obviously wanted it to accompany the poem.  In fact, a close reading of both prologue and poem will reveal a close fit between them; eg. the arrival of the man from Porlock and Coleridge's attendant loss of the dreamed poem is echoed in the abrupt transition to "A damsel with a dulcimer…."  


T.S. Eliot published "The Wasteland" accompanied by a set of explanatory notes that he later regretted.


"Pentimento" is its prologue, its poem and, without regret, its notes.


                   And I want to rock your gypsy soul

                   Just like way back in the days of old

            And magnificently we will flow into the mystic.

                                    Van Morrison, Into The Mystic


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