October 28, 2006

"Let us go then, you and I"

Dear Mr. Eliot, delightful though I find The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock, surely the correct phrase should be "Let us go then, you and me".

"Us" is "you and me"; "we" is "you and I". So "you and me" is what it has to be, unless you opt for, say, Jamaican patois: "Mek we go den, you an I"... or maybe, "Mek we go den, you an I an I!"

1 comment:

  1. Has it occurred to no one else that T.S. Eliot, not being William Blake, knew he would never get away with 'When the evening is spread out against the ski'?


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