All Along the Watchtower
Analysis: Shout Outs
When poets refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.
Literature, Philosophy, and Mythology
- The title "All Along the Watchtower" refers back to Chapter 21, verses 5-9 from the Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament of the Bible.
- The line "All the women came and went" may refer to T.S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," which includes the famous verses: "In the room the women come and go / Talking of Michelangelo."
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