Posted by R. Berg on February 10, 2003
In Reply to: eat a peach posted by janes_kid on February 10, 2003
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Does anyone know if the phrase "to eat a peach" has any secundary meaning ?
: : : Thanks a lot
: : : Lesley
: : In some contexts, it's an allusion to a line in "The Waste Land," by T. S. Eliot. That may or may not fit the setting where you found it.
: Indeed it may be in "The Waste Land" but it is more famously in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and is part of an expression of the angst of middle age insecurity "I grow old...I grow old... I shall wear the bottms of my trousers rolled. Shall I part my hair behind? I dare to eat a peach?...."
Oh, you're right, it's "Prufrock." I shouldn't try to rely on memory.