„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.“

—  Thomas Stearns Eliot, livro The Waste Land

Fonte: The Waste Land (1922), Line 60 et seq.

This is a reference to Dante's Inferno, Canto III, lines 55-57

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poeta, dramaturgo e crítico literário estadunidense 1888 - 1965

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