i need to write an essay about the "significance of daring to eat a peach".
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As an aging man, he would have difficulty with indigestion and the like; he would be considering whether or not it's worth it to eat a peach now and suffer the consequences later.
"Eating a peach" is also just another example of the endless and pointless, inconsequential decisions he has to consider; like, "parting his hair behind," etc. He considers his "disturbing the universe" to be equally unimportant in the grand scheme.
The thing about it is, you can interpret much of the things in this poem in a number of different ways, and none are long. That's part of modernist literature, especially Eliots writing.
He even says so himself, I don't happen to have the quote on me, but I know he says it. all you people bickering about which is right and wrong are fools and are missing the entire point.
not long, wrong, oops.