The Nature Of Modernism In The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock?

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T.S. Eliot was able to capture the essence of the "Lost Generation" during a time when rapid change was taking hold of society. His unique style and his variety of free verse and rhythm made him one of the most well-known and respected writers of this era. Many considered "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" to be "the first masterpiece of English modernism" (Perkins 175). The modern viewpoint is best represented through the writings of Eliot as well as his ability to capture the complexities of living in an Urban environment, the internal struggles of man as an after effect of war, and the despair many were feeling as a result.

Urbanization was a significant event during the modern era. Towns and villages were being taken over by cities
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The unforgiving nature of combat led men to lose trust in traditional ideas and gave them a certain sense of reality that few experienced. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" gives an interesting view from a man 's viewpoint during a time when men were lost. While he doesn 't allude to the character in the poem suffering from the effects of war, he does bring attention to men lost in thought with the line "Of lonely me in shirt-sleeve, leaning out windows of?" (72). With this line he 's able to capture the loneliness that could be the result of war. The men of this time had been places and seen things that few could relate to, and Eliot described these experiences with lines like, "And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker, And in short, I was afraid" (85). This allow readers to gain a small amount of perspective from those who felt they were near death from fighting in a grueling conflict. Eliot 's skill was on full display in this poem and gives readers a sense of post war life in the modern…show more content…
The author’s during the modern movement were able to capture the shift in attitude that was caused by a rapidly changing society. These attitudes inspired new techniques that had never been used before, with Eliot leading the way. In an age of concern and doubt he was considered a poet of worry and used that as a creative engine when most would be deterred. His personal pessimism and concerns were motivating factors used to create his work. His demons were not only debilitating, but inspiring and were captured with lines like “Time to turn back and descend the stair, With a bald spot in the middle of my hair-(They will say: “How his hairs is growing thin!”)” (40). These lines show the lack of confidence and paranoia men had at the time. Anxiety and uneasiness were at an all time high and his poetry didn’t hide what many felt was embarrassing. Eliot did a great job of steering into the emotions of society and was awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature as well as the Order of Merit, which is England’s most prestigious civilian award.

T.S. Eliot is viewed as Modernism’s first poet. His ability to capture the complexities of living in an Urban environment, the internal struggles of man as an effect of war, as well as the despair many were feeling made him one of the greats of his era. In a time when change was
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