I've been trying to do research to confirm my English teacher's claim that T. S. Eliot plagiarized works by Jules Laforgue, Henri Bergson, and Andrew Marvell in his poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock". Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get any solid evidence.
What follows is a summary of the research I've done on each of the three examples my teacher told us about:
My teacher claims that lines 13-14 plagiarize Jules Laforgue:
In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.
He didn't mention a specific poem that Laforgue wrote, but after doing some quick googling, I found plenty of other similar claims. They mention these lines:
Dans la pièce les femmes vont et viennent
En parlant des maîtres de Sienne.
I've searched online for a poem - by Laforgue or otherwise - that these lines could belong to, but the only things I can find are other analyses of Eliot and French translations of this poem. When I exclude phrases like "Eliot", "Prufrock", etc. there are very few results, and they all seem to be unrelated or slipped through from one of the categories mentioned above. If anyone can help me find the source of this quote, that would help me a lot!
My teacher also claims that line 2 plagiarizes the philosopher Henri Bergson's book Time and Free Will (French: Essai sur les données immédiates de la conscience).
When the evening is spread out against the sky
But again, I haven't been able to find any connections yet. I found a pdf of Time and Free Will, translated into English, and I searched for phrases like "evening" and "night" and "sky". There were two results for "night", but they were both about the sound of a clock ticking in the night. The other phrases didn't return anything. There were many references, however, to astronomy, astronomers, astronomical phenomena, etc. It would be helpful if anyone could help me find the specific ideas or phrases that my teacher might think are being referenced here. I can't seem to link the pdf, but if you search for "Time and Free Will pdf" I'm sure you will find it. It should be in the public domain, since it was published in 1889.
Finally, my teacher has said that the phrase "There will be time" - which is first used in line 23, but is repeated many times throughout that stanza - plagiarizes the poem "To His Coy Mistress" by Andrew Marvell. The concept of time is clearly very important in both poems, but I can't find any evidence of plagiarism at all. In fact, the two poems appear to have a very different stance on time, at least on the surface. Out of all of the examples he gave, this one seems the most plausible to me, and yet I'm just not convinced. Can anyone help me understand why my teacher would claim this?
This might be unnecessary information, but the reason I'm doing all this is because this teacher is giving an assignment next week where we have to identify three examples of plagiarism in the text and explain why there is "such a focus on plagiarism" in this poem. The way he has described these examples, you would think that these would be extremely obvious examples of plagiarism. I thought it would be easy to do a little research on the examples to prepare for next week, but now I'm just confused.
TL;DR: My teacher says "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" plagiarizes several other texts, but after some research, I can't seem to back up his claims. Is he wrong, or am I missing something here?