i had not thought death had undone so many love

i had not thought death had undone so many

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  • So was Ciardi borrowing from Eliot, who may have been thinking of the line in Dante?

    June 2, 2009

  • Circling and circling, it seemed to scorn all pause.
    So it ran on, and still behind it pressed

    a never-ending rout of souls in pain
    I had not thought death had undone so many
    as passed before me in that mournful train.
    -Dante's Inferno, Canto III: The Gate of Hell (Ciardi translation)

    Unreal City
    Under the brown fog of a winter dawn,
    A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many,
    I had not thought death had undone so many.
    -T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

    June 2, 2009