The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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In the 19th century, influenced by the unceasing global warfare, the fragile peace and prosperity enjoyed by the western society were on the verge of collapse. Furthermore, conventional moral ideals and spiritual values faced severe scrutiny, and the public felt extremely pessimistic about the future. Under this circumstance, T. S. Eliot had created the poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, to reflect the sickness of the society and the weakness of the humanity . In this poem, he describes an internal conflict of the narrator in the poem who eventually wavered his offer of marriage in determination. While in the poem, Something Whispered in the Shakuhachi, created by Garrett Hongo, the narrator told the secret of making a flute to convey…show more content…
Alfred Prufrock, ample details about the settings are described to reflect the speaker’s emotions. For instance, the first stanza paints the scene that an innocent and unconfident middle age man hesitates to propose to a woman. For one thing, the speaker of the poem is afraid that time will go wasted. On the other side, he feels powerless to the reality. Apparently, Eliot directly tells the reader the internal conflict of the speaker of the poem, who is greedy of love but fears for the responsibility that comes with it. What this setting in the poem reflects is the emptiness and weakness of folks in modern…show more content…
And “make our visit” indicates that he is on his way to social occasions. All of these settings and details in the second stanza does not seem to make any sense individually, but as a whole, they actually convey the narrator’s depression and loneliness toward his boring surroundings. In addition, in the next stanza, the speaker of the poem says, “the room the women come and go. Talking of Michelangelo.” At this plot, the narrator of the poem just skims over the communications among upper-class women. However, when to compare his preference toward the upper-class women who are trying to pose themselves as lovers of culture with the shantytown mentioned above, an obvious strong contrast is formed invisibly. Similarly, in the fourth stanza, the speaker of the poem asserts,,“The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes, The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes”, the setting here indicates the speaker’s extremely empty and boring emotions, when the dusk comes. In conclusion, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is a love song without love. It’s more like a realism of plain folks who live in the oppressive and depressing modern industrialized
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