What pieces of literature have you been reading lately? How are the pieces of the poems or packets of short stories you read, affected you emotionally? There are some poems and short stories that are interesting. However, the most interesting poems that make you feel something in a way, is called “Vow “ and “Macavity: The Mystery Cat”. The poem Vow, is from a prisoner's point of view of how they survived and what struggles they faced, while in the poem, Macavity: The Mystery Cat, is about a cat named Macavity, a neglected and smart mysterious cat criminal, and how he is very clever to leave any evidence of his crime.
The cat began cleaning itself arrogantly. The nerve, thought Scampi. Here's this new cat, obviously fresh out of the bad part of town, no owner, no home, no nothing, thinking it can roam around like a king. "There's a chain of command around here!" Scampi snarled.
The cat is known as a symbol for health, kindness, faith, marriage and luck. An interesting fact about cats is that they choose with whom they bond with and cats meow to communicate with humans, not other cats. A fact that most people in Naples don’t know is that cats are not humans. Sometimes if cats are in a group they will try to out pee each other. A group of cats is called a “clowder” and a group of kittens is called a “kindle”.
The entire poem is literally focused on the fog above the city and harbor. Using a metaphor, Sandburg makes the fog come to life as if it actually had its own eyes to be able to overlook the city. The fog takes the shape of a cat as it "sits looking over harbor and city" (570). Like a cat, the fog sits on silent haunches. Personally, Sandburg’s words created a mental picture of a black/grayish, dirty, street cat wandering silently in the alleys of an industrious city observing the streets on top of a half-century old brick building.
Each literary device- symbolism, character, and allusion- supports this description. Ultimately, the premise of the poem is Prufrock second guessing himself to no end over talking to a woman, but this issue represents all forms of insecurity and inactivity. First, Eliot weaves several layers of symbolism into Prufrocks’s narrative. This ambiguity shows largely through the vehicle of the yellow fog, which Eliot personifies with cat-like characteristics using phrases such as, “…rubs its back…rubs its muzzle on the window-panes” and “…curled once about the house, and fell asleep” in reference to the mist (Eliot). This feline depiction of the city smog creates an eerie setting which serves to further the tone of unsteadiness in Prufrock’s ramblings.
Question Who is Prufrock? The modern propensity for excessive introspection prevents people from living full, active lives. Is this true of Prufrock? Refer to examples from the poem to support your opinion. Answer It is obvious that the excessive and obsessive reflection of self that Prufrock undergoes in the poem, "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock" written by T.S.
T. S. Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock takes careful reading and interpretation to draw one of several meanings from the text. The opening lines, “Let us go then, you and I,/When the evening is spread out against the sky/Like a patient etherized upon a table,” (Eliot ll. 1-3) presents the sharply contrasted mental images of a beautiful night to an anesthetized patient on an operating table. With only words to create images, the tone of the poem is unclear from the beginning, creating a difficulty going forward with the rest of the poem. When Eliot writes “Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels,” (Eliot l. 6) and, “In the room the women come and go/Talking of Michelangelo,” (Eliot ll.13-14) it is unclear whether his mention of women is in relation to the one-night cheap hotels, or he has switched topics.
T.S Eliot’s poetry masterpiece, The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock, follows the compos mentis experience of a man named Prufrock. Eliot’s work laments the corporal and intellectual inertia that deprives Prufrock opportunities in life; through the recurrent theme of lustful love unaccomplished. The use of fragmentations and disconnected devices are applied to create a sense disruption to mental focus, and to avoid conforming to a nihilistic style. Eliot attracted fame was initiated from his poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1915), which is seen as a the chef d'œuvre of the Modernist movement. Although the character Prufrock gives indication that he was middle aged, Eliot actually wrote most of the poem in the 1990s when he was himself twenty-two.
Prufrock is feeling oppressed by the night sky, or maybe the world in general. The word “etherized” makes me think he feels helpless. Then you pass by cheap hotels, and restaurants with sawdust floors. Prufrock seems to be getting annoyed when he says, “Streets that follow like a tedious argument/ Of insidious intent” (8-9). Will these streets never end?
Eliot's use of literary device such as imagery and repetition in the poem serve to emphasize Prufrock's hesitation, repression of desire, and indecisiveness. Prufrock's hesitation can be seen primarily in the poet's use of repetition and metaphor. Eliot uses metaphor in the third stanza in which he compares the "yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes" to a cat. While the cat does not symbolize Prufrock, its movements mirror his own, stopping to complete eight separate actions before it curls around the house to sleep. The cat moves with the same caution and hesitation as Prufrock does.