Do I dare to eat a peach? T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot 'The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock' (first
published in Poetry magazine,
collected in Prufrock and Other Observations, 1917).
The pretension is nothing; the performance everything. A good apple is
better than an insipid peach. (James Henry) Leigh Hunt The Story of Rimini, preface to rev edn.
What wondrous life is this I lead! Ripe apples drop
about my head; The luscious
clusters of the vine Upon my mouth do
crush their wine; The nectarine, and
curious peach, Into my hands
themselves do reach; Stumbling on melons,
as I pass, Ensnared with
flowers, I fall on grass. Andrew Marvell c.1650^1652 'The Garden' (published1681), stanza 5.