T. S. Eliot's The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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The following research paper is a comprehensive, and detailed look into the life and poetry of T.S. Eliot. Research includes an accurate retelling of his life, and then delves into T.S.’s complex and controversial poetry through my personal analysis of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, and continues with two critics’ literary analyses. Then, a literary criticism written by Robert McNamara in his “Poetry Criticism, Vol. 31” is discussed, followed by a criticism included in Will and Ariel Durant’s “Interpretations of Life: A Survey of Contemporary Literature”.

Exordium! Modern era poetry was widely influenced by Eliot’s style. His background is one of intellectual prowess, and his poetry helped shape the time period. “The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock” has been analyzed countless times, and ... Eliot’s use of allusions, as well as his somewhat satirical tone, leads to many interpretations of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”;
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Prufrock explains that he is not the hero, and was never intended to be in his meaningless life. T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” presents a gloomy, lonely, depressed, and overall pessimistic mood and outlook on life. The poem has a clear theme, that decisions and risks are necessary in order to live life to the utmost potential. To live like J. Alfred Prufrock is more terrible than not living at all.
Two Professional Literary Criticisms
The poetry of T.S. Eliot is one of the most talked about and debated topics in modern literature. Since Eliot’s poems can have multiple interpretations, no critic, amatuer or professional, can prove his or her standpoint on “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”. Robert McNamara writes his opinions on the meaning of “Prufrock” in Poetry Criticism, Vol. 31. His extensive analysis begins with lines 1 and 2:
Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out across the
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