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T.S. Elliot's Prufrock's overwhelming question

- T.S. Elliots dramatic monologue ‘The Love Song of Alfred Prufrock’ is interchangeably interpretable, given the lack of explanation. The scenes give the impression to be as random thoughts threw Prufrock’s mind and make it difficult to tell what should be taken literally or symbolically. The poem returns a few times to the images of the lonely and dilapidated streets, just like the narrator; the streets are misleading and go nowhere. Prufrock intends to ask ‘an overwhelming question’ but leads astray the passage along the way, seemingly getting sidetracked....   [tags: The Love Song of Alfred Prufrock]

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The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

- Abstract 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”....   [tags: T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock]

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The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

- ... 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 society. Furthermore, the second stanza paints a more vivid picture with life scenes, such as “a patient etherized upon a table”, “half-deserted streets”, “muttering retreats “one-night cheap hotels”, as well as “sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells.” Obviously, the speaker in the poem is walking in a shantytown....   [tags: T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock]

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The Pitiful Prufrock of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- The Pitiful Prufrock of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock        T.S. Elliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," is a melancholy poem of one man's  frustrated search to find the meaning of his existence.  The speaker's strong use of imagery contributes to the poems theme of communion and loneliness. The Poem begins with an invitation from Prufrock to follow him through his self-examination. The imagery of this invitation begins with a startling simile, "Let us go then you and I/ When the evening is spread out against the sky/ Like a patient etherised upon a table." This simile literally describes the evening sky, but functions on another level....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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The Character of J. Alfred Prufrock

- T. S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" reveals the unvoiced inner thoughts of a disillusioned, lonely, insecure, and self-loathing middle-aged man. The thoughts are presented in a free association, or stream of consciousness style, creating images from which the reader can gain insight into Mr. Prufrock's character. Mr. Prufrock is disillusioned and disassociated with society, yet he is filled with longing for love, comfort, and companionship. He is self-conscious and fearful of his image as viewed through the world's eye, a perspective from which he develops his own feelings of insignificance and disgust....   [tags: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock]

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The Poem ' The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

- ... It uses words such as digress, dying, old and wept in relation to the fact that Prufrock is in an emotional place with life having trouble finding his way also with finding love. As he says “I grow old… I grow old …” we evaluate that he has not much time to accomplish what he needs in life, he is often obsessed with the idea of time thinking that there will be nothing but that for him. Prufrock is too self-centered, more concerned on what the women will think of him. There is sense of loneliness within the poem, which gives us a downhearted expression while reading....   [tags: T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Essay on the Loneliness of J. Alfred Prufrock

- The Loneliness of J. Alfred Prufrock In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", written by T. S. Elliot in 1917, J. Alfred Prufrock makes the reader privy to his innermost thoughts on an evening out. Prufrock wants to lead the reader to an overwhelming question, raising expectations, but he is a bitterly disappointing man; he never asks the question. He lacks self-esteem, women are intimidating to him, and he is too much of a coward to ever be successful with women. The title is "The Love Song,", not "A Love Song." So whenever Prufrock is around women, he behaves the same way....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Distress in The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock

- The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock - The Distress of J.Alfred Prufrock The human psyche is divided into three distinct aspects: the Persona, the Shadow, and the Anima/Animus; at least, it is according to Jungian Psychology. Drawing heavily on the theories developed by Freud, Jung's psychological concepts tell us that if these three facets are not properly integrated - that is, if one of the three is overly dominant, or repressed, or all three are in conflict with each other - then an individual's energies - his libido - will be out of alignment, causing psychological distress and unconscious problems....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Comparing Winterbourne and Prufrock

-                 When creating his famous poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", T.S. Eliot was inspired by a character depicted in the novella known as Daisy Miller, written by Henry James. This character, Winterbourne, was intertwined and considered when creating the timid character of Prufrock. It is evident that both men share similar personalities and characteristics that link them together, both being prime examples of emptiness and despair told through theses writings.      The central concern in Daisy Miller is of the "analogies and differences" between people....   [tags: Daisy Miller, Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Analysis Of ' Hamlet, Agamemnon, And The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

- ... At the end, mainly everybody got what they deserved. Similarly, Agamemnon received his consequence when his wife, Clytemnestra killed him. Agamemnon killed his daughter as a sacrifice to allow his ships to sail to Troy. Him sacrificing his own daughter, Iphigenia, made Clytemnestra angry and made her to kill her husband. This is justified because of his crimes. Prufrock from “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” faces his consequences when he fails to ask a girl out. He is socially awkward and isn’t comfortable around women....   [tags: T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock]

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An Analysis of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

-   The editors of anthologies containing T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" invariably footnote the reference to Lazarus as John 11:1-44; rarely is the reference footnoted as Luke 16:19-31. Also, the reference to John the Baptist is invariably footnoted as Matthew 14:3-11; never have I seen the reference footnoted as an allusion to Oscar Wilde's Salome. The sources that one cites can profoundly affect interpretations of the poem. I believe that a correct reading of Eliot's "Prufrock" requires that one cite Wilde, in addition to Matthew, and Luke, in addition to John, as the sources for the John the Baptist and Lazarus being referenced....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay: Time

- Time and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock     Pericles once said "Be ruled by time, the wisest counselor of all." This ruler of the past might not have had the technology of today, but he did not need it to recognize time’s domineering nature over all mankind. No matter what advances man makes, he will never be able to slow down time nor stop it completely; nor it appears will he be able to leap into the past or the future. Time is one thing that man cannot manipulate, instead it manipulates man....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Analysis Of ' Home Burial ' By Robert Frost And The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

- ... As the husband observes his wife doing her ritual of looking out the window with a fearful look on her face, he walked towards her demanding that she let him into her world or more precisely into her thoughts, to support this claim, “what is it you see, mounting until she cowered under him.” (Frost 237) although the wife appeared to be scared of her husband maybe of something in the past because she coward under him she still didn’t let him into her world, instead the fear on her face change to terrified then to deal with the sound of his voice....   [tags: T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Modernism Defined in T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and James Joyce's The Dead

- Modernism is by no means easy to define. In fact, no one is exactly sure if the movement has even ended yet. But that’s befitting of the period, as well as the pieces of literature that serve to define Modernism. Two pieces, T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and James Joyce’s “The Dead”, are epitomes of this modernism. In both, the main characters are paralyzed by an inability to communicate, even while speaking. Whether through Prufrock’s musings concerning love life, or Gabriel’s inability to evoke certain feelings out of his wife, both men experience this effeminization of the intellect and communication....   [tags: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Dead]

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The Theme of Paralysis in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- The Theme of Paralysis in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock " 'I grow old ... I grow old ... I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.' What does that mean, Mr. Marlowe?" "Not a bloody thing. It just sounds good." He smiled. "That is from the 'Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.' Here's another one. 'In the room the women come and go/Talking of Michael Angelo.' Does that suggest anything to you, sir?" "Yeah- it suggests to me that the guy didn't know very much about women." "My sentiments exactly, sir....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock Essays]

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

- T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock Works Cited Not Included The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, a poem by T.S. Eliot, provides an abundant source of material for applying Freudian analysis.[1] Specifically, it is the character Prufrock who supplies this rich source. Although many Freudian themes could have been addressed in relation to Prufrock, in this paper it will be narrowed to the prevalent themes of ambivalence and cultural frustration found in Freudπs work and the contributing role the super-ego plays in their occurrence....   [tags: Eliot Love Song Prufrock Essays Papers]

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot

- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot The poetry of the modernist movement is characterized by an emphasis on the alienation of the individual from the broader community in which he or she exists. In the works of T. S. Eliot, this alienation is expressed as a symptom of spiritual and moral decay within communities, societies, and entire civilizations. Eliot’s modernism, which was strongly influenced by his conversion to Anglo-Catholicism, is a harsh critique of the pervasive self-obsession of the modern secular world....   [tags: Love Song Prufrock T. S. Eliot Essays]

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Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay: An Analysis

- An Analysis of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock The general fragmentation of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is obvious. The poem seems a perfect example of what Terry Eagleton calls the modern "transition from metaphor to metonymy: unable any longer to totalize his experience in some heroic figure, the bourgeois is forced to let it trickle away into objects related to him by sheer contiguity." Everything in "Prufrock" trickles away into parts related to one another only by contiguity....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock Essays]

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Human Insecurity in T.S Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- Human Insecurity in T.S Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock T.S Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is an examination of human insecurity and folly, embodied in the title's J. Alfred Prufrock. Eliot's story of a man's "overwhelming question", his inability to ask it, and consequently, his mental rejection plays off the poem's many ambiguities, both structural and literal. Eliot uses these uncertainties to develop both the plot of the poem and the character of J. Alfred Prufrock....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Essays on The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock:Tthe Missing Female

- The Missing Female in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock For Eliot, poetic representation of a powerful female presence created difficulty in embodying the male. In order to do so, Eliot avoids envisioning the female, indeed, avoids attaching gender to bodies.  We can see this process clearly in "The Love Song of J. Prufrock." The poem circles around not only an unarticulated question, as all readers agree, but also an unenvisioned center, the "one" whom Prufrock addresses. The poem never visualizes the woman with whom Prufrock imagines an encounter except in fragments and in plurals -- eyes, arms, skirts - synecdoches we might well imagine as fetishistic replacements....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay: The Existential Anguish of J. Alfred

- The Existential Anguish of J. Alfred Prufrock      Upon reading Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," the first question which sprang to my mind was the question of how Eliot, a poet who was in his mid-twenties at the time, was able to write a poem dealing with the problems of aging in such a penetrating manner. Upon closer examination, however, I realized that Prufrock's aging was only incidental to his central problem. Prufrock's major problem is a problem of existential anguish. Prufrock's doubts about aging at a dinner party are merely one example of this anguish, and this party brings his psychology into sharp focus when the reader examines closely the moment in which the p...   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Essays on The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Another Analysis

- An Analysis of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock "Prufrock" is a dramatic monologue, in which it is possible that the speaker is talking to another male, or just talking to himself; his alter ego. Throughout the poem Prufrock is too scared to make a move and seize the day because he keeps saying, "there will be time." His destiny is that he will be old and loveless, hence the irony of the title, because he cannot bring himself to articulate his emotions to another woman. This is actually a pathetic parody of a Lovesong because there is no one to listen to it....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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The Mid-life Crisis in Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is a poem which enters the dynamic consciousness of its title character, whose feelings, thoughts and emotions are displayed in a motley but organized sequence, as they ride the man's wavering mood. His is a mood wavering more often towards haplessness than fulfillment, because Prufrock is a man caught in a vicious cycle of introspection, journey, and retreat. More specifically, J. Alfred Prufrock, as developed by Eliot, is a man experiencing a mid life crisis, brought about by society, and sustained by his own fear and reluctance....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Essay About The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Observations

- Paralysis in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Prufrock's paralysis follows naturally from this subjectivizing of everything. If each consciousness is an opaque sphere, then Prufrock has no hope of being understood by others. "No experience," says Bradley in a phrase Eliot quotes, "can lie open to inspection from outside" (KE, 203). Prufrock's vision is incommunicable, and whatever he says to the lady will be answered by, "That is not what I meant at all./That is not it, at all" (CP, 6). The lady is also imprisoned in her own sphere, and the two spheres can never, like soap bubbles, become one....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Frustration and Disillusionment in T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- Frustration and Disillusionment in T.S. Eliot's 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' T.S. Eliot, a notable twentieth century poet, wrote often about the modern man and his incapacity to make decisive movements. In his work entitled, 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'; he continues this theme allowing the reader to view the world as he sees it, a world of isolation and fear strangling the will of the modern man. The poem opens with a quoted passage from Dante's Inferno, an allusion to Dante's character who speaks from Hell only because he believes that the listener can not return to earth and thereby is impotent to act on the knowledge of his conversation....   [tags: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Essay About The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Complications

- Complications in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock The complications of "Prufrock" involve from the poem's beginning a more direct transformation of the dramatic monologue than does "Gerontion" when the pronouns that "I" uses suggest the presence of an unspecified listener. In many dramatic monologues the listener is also not specified, and the reader is invited to take over the role of listener in a one-sided conversation. In "Prufrock," however, it is not clear whether a real conversation is being dramatically presented, whether the "I" is having an internal colloquy with himself, or whether the reader is being addressed directly....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay: Inability to Love

- Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock - Inability to Love   T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is not a poem about love, at least in any traditional sense. Rather It is a collection of the fragmented thoughts of a man without self-esteem. Far from being about love, it is about one man's inability to love (himself or the world around him.) It is the cynical statement of a man who does not believe good things will ever happen to him, or that the world has anything to offer him. The title is bitterly ironic; Prufrock does not love any body, least of all himself, (no matter how much he might aspire to the ideal of romance and passion), nor does he believe that any one could ever lo...   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Eliot's Inferiority Exposed in Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Sweeney Among the

- Eliot's Inferiority Exposed in Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Sweeney Among the Nightingales "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" tells the story of a single character, a timid, middle-aged man. Prufrock is talking or thinking to himself. The epigraph, a dramatic speech taken from Dante's "Inferno," provides a key to Prufrock's nature. Like Dante's character Prufrock is in "hell," in this case a hell of his own feelings. He is both the "you and I" of line one, pacing the city's grimy streets on his lonely walk....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Essay About The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Comments

- T S Eliot's Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock The Love Song is the lifetime of laments that one old-aged man remembers, which consist of his past failures. He then puts them into the context of his now-meaningless life to try to comprehend the significance and compensate for his loneliness.  Through Eliot's rich imagery and excellent use of Poetic Language, Prufrock's explanation of his memories, his experiences and most importantly, his feelings (most of which are doubt) come alive in this poem....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay: A Beautifully Complicated Masterpiece

- The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock : A Beautifully Complicated Masterpiece The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot is a beautifully complicated masterpiece. The poem rises above all standards of poetry and completely blows your mind. The poem consists of twenty stanzas, each telling a different part of the story of J. Alfred Prufrock's life. Eliot uses many poetic devices to add a hint of magic to the sound of the poem. The diction he uses turns what seems to be a normal poetic work of art into a dream where everything flows together like magic....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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The Use of Symbolism in T.S. Eliot's, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- The Use of Symbolism in T.S. Eliot's, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock A well-written poem is built out of levels. Each level alludes to the next until the ultimate discovery of the poet's message. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," by T. S. Eliot, provides a perfect example of a well-crafted poem comprised of sequential levels, also known as a framed story. At the level just below the very surface, the poem obscurely tells the story of a failed lobster prophet, resurrected from the dead to warn other lobsters of the cruel fate that awaits them in the event of their capture....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock]

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Emotion in T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- Emotion in T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock In his poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” T.S. Eliot subtly conveys a wide variety of Prufrock’s emotions; he creates pathos for the speaker by employing the “objective correlative,” which Eliot defines as “a set of objects, a situation, a chain of events [that] shall be the formula of that particular emotion” (“Hamlet and His Problems”). The first stanza introduces Prufrock’s isolation, as epitomized metaphorically by “half-deserted streets” (4): while empty streets imply solitude, Eliot’s diction emphasize Prufrock having been abandoned by the other “half” needed for a relationship or an “argument” (8)....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock Essays]

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

- Explication of T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" In T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," the author is establishing the trouble the narrator is having dealing with middle age. Prufrock(the narrator) believes that age is a burden and is deeply troubled by it.. His love of some women cannot be because he feels the prime of his life is over. His preoccupation with the passing of time characterizes the fear of aging he has. The poem deals with the aging and fears associated with it of the narrator....   [tags: TS Eliot Alfred Prufrock Song Essays]

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

- Analysis of T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock      'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' demonstrates the effects of social and economic pressure in the life of a Victorian man. T.S. Eliot shows us, in an ironic monologue, how the reality of age and social position paralyzes his character with fear. The poem opens with six lines from Dante?s ?Infernio?. This particular stanza explains that the speaker is in hell and the message can only be told to someone else in hell. The speaker tells us that it is OK for the listener to hear the message, since in order to hear you must already be in hell and no one ever returns from there....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock Essays]

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Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay: Stream of Consciousness

- Stream of Consciousness in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is a uniquely styled piece of literature.  In this poem Eliot employs a literary method of writing called "stream of consciousness."  This is a difficult method to grasp outside of the literary genre to attempt to understand it within the context of the higher language of poetry can further confuse readers.                Stream of consciousness is simply how our brain thinks.  Perhaps as the teacher reads through this poem we hear the word "Mermaid".  Our minds see the singing mermaids on the rocks in "Jason and the Argonauts" and then jump to Peter Pan and from Peter Pan to Mary Popp...   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock Essays]

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Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay: In Depth Analysis

- In Depth Analysis of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock The five-line interlude ending on "the floors of silent seas" forms an encapsulated version of the remainder of the poem, in which the frustrated effort to establish purposive discourse leads once again to withdrawal downward and inward to a silent world of instinctual being. A return to images of distension and distracting sensuality provokes a final impulse toward violent imposition of the will--"to force the moment to its crisis"--which ends, like previous thoughts of disturbing the universe, in ruthless self-mockery....   [tags: Love Song J. Alfred Prufrock Essays]

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The Lovesong Of J Alfred Prufrock

- ... Eliot also explores darkness in nature. The darker side of love is first seen in the first stanza when he talks about “half-deserted streets” and staying in one night, cheap motels. Throughout the poem, Eliot casts aspersions on most people’s vision of love. He talks about “there will be time to prepare a face for the faces that you meet,” indicating that most people refuse to be themselves with others, instead relying on masks to make people love them. As for death, the narrator is afraid of it and knows that he must love before he dies....   [tags: T. S. Eliot, Poetry, Edgar Allan Poe]

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The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock

- The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock by T.S. Eliot is a striking poem that takes the form of a dramatic monologue. It is an internal dialogue and, because of this, there is a suggestion of something that is not said plainly and directly on the surface, a sort of underlying feeling put into words. At times it seems that it is really Prufrock’s subconscious mind speaking. However, over the course of the poem, Prufrock seems to be shining an almost pathetic light on himself. This is most clearly shown through his failure actually to succeed in his “love song” and acquire a lover, his allusions to Hamlet and fools, and his constant worry over what seem to be trivial anxieties....   [tags: Poetry]

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is an ironic depiction of a man’s inability to take decisive action in a modern society that is void of meaningful human connection. The poem reinforces its central idea through the techniques of fragmentation, and through the use of Eliot’s commentary about Prufrock’s social world. Using a series of natural images, Eliot uses fragmentation to show Prufrock’s inability to act, as well as his fear of society. Eliot’s commentary about Prufrock’s social world is also evident throughout....   [tags: Poetry Analysis]

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" The dramatic monologue “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was written by Thomas Stearns Eliot and published in June of 1915. Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri on September 26, 1888, where he grew up and lived until the age of eighteen. After high school, Eliot studied at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA and the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Eventually, Eliot ended up in England where he married his wife Vivien and spent the remainder of his life....   [tags: Dramatic Monologue, Literary Analysis]

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- T.S. Eliot exposes the reflections and emotions of J. Alfred Prufrock in this poem about his Love Song. Eliot does this in such a manner that Prufrock himself would not be capable of expressing, due to his rationale of showing the reader Prufrock’s diffidence throughout the poem. The attention of the reader is drawn from the beginning by Eliot’s utilization of an epigraph, which is a short saying or quote placed at the beginning of a writing to imply a theme. Eliot’s method of an epigraph helps create an effective way for the readers to identify and notice Prufrock’s uncertainty and lack of confidence in the poem....   [tags: T.S. Eliot]

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Prufrock by Eliot

- Prufrock by Eliot In his poem Eliot paints the picture of an insecure man looking for his niche in society. Prufrock has fallen in with the times, and places a lot of weight on social status and class to determine his identity. He is ashamed of his personal appearance and looks towards social advancement as a way to assure himself and those around him of his worth and establish who he is. Throughout the poem the reader comes to realize that Prufrock has actually all but given up on himself and now sees his balding head and realizes that he has wasted his life striving for an unattainable goal....   [tags: Papers]

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The Love Song of J, Alfred Prufrock

- The poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” written by T.S. Eliot is a depiction of sadness and a disillusioned narrator. While reading this poem, one senses that the narrator is disturbed and has maybe given up hope, and that he feels he is just an actor in a tedious drama At the very beginning of the poem, Eliot uses a quote from Dante’s “Inferno”, preparing the poem’s reader to expect a vision of hell. This device seems to ask the reader to accept that what they are about to be told by the poem’s narrator was not supposed to be revealed to the living world, as Dante was exposed to horrors in the Inferno that were not supposed to be revealed to the world of the living....   [tags: Literary Analysis, T.S. Eliot]

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The Paralysis of Prufrock in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- Paralysis, the incapability to act, has been a key element of many famous literary characters. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the paragon of paralysis, unable to sort through his thoughts, Hamlet only makes one decisive action, at the end of the play. T.S Elliot’s transfers Hamlets’ paralysis in his poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. The name Elliot chose for this indecisive, timid man epitomizes his character as well as his flaws. J. Alfred Prufrock needs this ranting monologue in order for him to understand the severity of his paralysis and fear of women and society....   [tags: T.S. Elliot]

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Prufrock in the poem The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

- 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. Eliot, prevents him from living to his true potential, and this is shown through the poet?s language and his use of poetic devices....   [tags: T.S. Eliot]

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

- T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" draws attention to the idea that time is of the essence. On the surface, Prufrock is portrayed as a man who is incapable of making decisions and lacks self-confidence. This is evident through his passive nature, where he continuously delays having to talk to women because he believes there is enough time. Written in the modernist era, Eliot not only portrays Prufrock's inability to make decisions when it comes to love, but also shows the desolation that one faces in times of transition into a modern world....   [tags: decisions, self-confidence, isolation]

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T.S. Elliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” tells the speaker’s story through several literary devices, allowing the reader to analyze the poem through symbolism, character qualities, and allusions that the work displays. In this way, the reader clearly sees the hopelessness and apathy that the speaker has towards his future. John Steven Childs sums it up well in saying Prufrock’s “chronic indecision blocks him from some important action” (Childs). Each literary device- symbolism, character, and allusion- supports this description....   [tags: symbolism and story analysis]

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot

- T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” draws attention to the idea that time is of the essence. On the surface, Prufrock is portrayed as a man who is incapable of making decisions and lacks self-confidence. This is evident through his passive nature, where he continuously delays having to talk to women because he believes there is enough time. Written in the era of modernism, the reader is capable of unraveling that the poem’s true purpose was not only to show Prufrock’s inability to make decisions when it comes to love, but to show the desolation that one faces in times of a modernistic transition....   [tags: love, loneliness, mind, spirit]

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Pinned to the Wall: J. Alfred Prufrock and the Inability to Change

- Pinned to the Wall: J. Alfred Prufrock and the Inability to Change If people are disappointed with themselves and what they have become, then there are naturally two options for remedy. One is to do whatever possible to change themselves and pave a brighter future. The second, perhaps less desirable, is to realize that change is useless or near-impossible, which leads to either finding peace in the way things are or recognizing the hopelessness in the absence of the way things could be. T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J....   [tags: Poetry Analysis]

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Prufrock Drowns in a Sea of Insecurity

- In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," T. S. Eliot reveals the silent insecurity of a man, for whom the passing of time indicates the loss of virility and confidence. Throughout the poem, Prufrock struggles with his fear of inadequacy, which surfaces socially, physically and romantically. The desire to ask some "overwhelming question," of the one he wants is outweighed by his diffidence, reinforcing his belief in his shortcomings. Ultimately, this poem is the internal soliloquy of someone who attempts to know what he wants and how to get it, but whose social paralysis and lack of self-assuredness prevents either of these possibilities....   [tags: Poetry]

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Eliot 's The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

- Fragmented experience is highlighted by the use of register and poetic form, in T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”. This fragmentation emphasizes the disjointed experience of the modern day world and lifestyle, and the experiences of those in it. Using a modernist style, T.S. Eliot emphasizes this fragmentation through form, meter and register, throughout the poem. T.S Eliot uses various forms, meters, and register throughout the poem. He uses rhyming couplets, which are often referred to as "heroic"....   [tags: T. S. Eliot, Poetry]

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Loneliness in Metamorphosis and The Love Song of J. Arthur Prufrock

- Franz Kafka’s character Gregor Samsa and T.S. Eliot’s speaker J. Alfred Prufrock are perhaps two of the loneliest characters in literature. Both men lead lives of isolation, loneliness, and lost chances, and both die knowing that they have let their lives slip through their fingers, as sand slips through the neck of an hourglass. As F. Scott Fitzgerald so eloquently put it, “the loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly”....   [tags: self-image, insects, isolation]

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Comparing The Great Gatsby And The Love Song Of J.alfred Prufrock

- Comparison of “The Great Gatsby” and “The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock A person might be the master of their own thoughts, but can be the slaves of their own emotions. Powerful emotions can cloud a person’s judgment due to the strong sentiment behind them. In “The Great Gatsby and “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock,” each of the leading male characters has allowed their emotions to construct their decisions for them without the use of logical reasoning. It demonstrates how one’s feelings can cause them to make foolish and insensible choices....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby]

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The Great Gatsby And The Love Song For J. Alfred Prufrock

- ... Gatsby becomes an extremely successful man, despite the questionable origins of his wealth. He could have had any girl he choose, but the only girl he wanted was Daisy. Daisy was central to Gatsby’s fantasy. Furthermore, Gatsby’s thinking was inflexible. Every night Gatsby would be surrounded by hundreds of people who would show up to his parties, yet he never felt so alone in his life. “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” Gatsby was essentially seeing his dreams crumble before his eyes as he watched his love live her life with another man....   [tags: Love, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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Prufrock Anti-Hero

- For a time, the main characters in a story, poem, or narrative were easily classified as either being a hero or a villain. A hero would be easy to identify by the traits he'd possess, such as bravery, honesty, selflessness, trustworthiness, courage, leadership, and more. The villain would be easy to identify as well, possessing traits such as maliciousness, deceitfulness, immorality, dark, wishing harm upon others, and more. But what if the character lacked the natural heroic qualities but wasn't a villain either....   [tags: Literature]

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The Deeper Side of Prufrock from The Love Son of J. Alfred Prufrock

- The Deeper Side of Prufrock from The Love Son of J. Alfred Prufrock Thomas Sterns Eliot wrote the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" over a period of six years and published it circa 1917 at the ripe old age of twenty-nine. As his first published poem, 'Prufrock' revealed Eliot's original and highly developed style. Its startling jumps from rhetorical language to cliché, its indirect literary references, and its simultaneous humor and pessimism were quite new in English literature. (World Book, 236) Prufrock's quest for a life he cannot live and a question he has difficulty confronting is intriguingly played out in various aspects of his humanity....   [tags: Papers]

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J. Alfred Prufrock

- J. Alfred Prufrock is He Gay When we read T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” you almost get the feeling that Prufrock is gay. In fact, when the story is read a bit more in depth you can conclude that he is gay. The first flag that is raised to our attention of prufrock being gay is the fact that not once do we hear the name of his so called lover or even him calling her a lady. Therefore we might be able to conclude that this lady is in fact a guy. This would in turn bring up many situations in the story that are not brought to light if this story was read in different text....   [tags: essays papers]

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Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

- In the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Elliot, Prufrock is a man that is pessimistic, has low self-esteem, and has much internal conflict. He believes that he isn't good enough for the women of his desire; this theme also becomes a motif.      The epigraph of the poem is an excerpt from Dante's Inferno, in which that the perfect audience could only be someone who would never be allowed into the real world where that person(s) might reveal Prufrock's idiosyncrasies. This of course is impossible so therefore he must settle on a personal reflection, thus creating an interior dialogue....   [tags: T.S. Elliot]

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, a poem by T. S. Eliot

- “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” a poem by T. S. Eliot, in which Eliot describes a man that was placed in the wrong time period. To do this he references some of Prufrock’s characteristics from other authors, such as Shakespeare. Shymal Bagchee expresses his view on Eliot’s modernist and absurdist viewpoints for the poem in his critical review titled “‘Prufrock’: An Absurdist View of the Poem.” Prufrock does not express his emotions like a regular person would, one that is connected to their feelings about the opposite sex....   [tags: shakespeare, absurdist view points]

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Love and Rejection in T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- Despite the different eras in which they were written, T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock centers on a theme of love and rejection similar to that in Robert Browning’s The Last Ride Together. In The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, it is unclear whether Prufrock is really in love with the person he is speaking to in the poem, and this reflects the sensibilities that came with modernist poetry. Prufrock is afraid of rejection, and is on the edge about whether or not to confess his love....   [tags: victorian era, Robert Browning]

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Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock The pursuit of youth, of sex, of “yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window panes,” some pursue this their whole lives, a bachelor looking in the corners of streets and bars for a bit of youth and company. This is the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot, 1917. It is the song and love story of men who search for their lover in places absent of love and instead only finds lust. Those who only find lust in these lonely places eventually become old, as the speaker of the poem realizes....   [tags: T.S. Eliot Lust Sex Relationships Essays]

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Comparative Essay between “Fight Club” and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

- After reading and evaluating the works of T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, there are various discussion points pertaining to the connection between tragedy and human conditions. Herein, tragedy is the result of a specific human condition, disengagement. This essay aims to identify and explain the behavioural traits between characters in two literary works which leads to a disengagement by the characters from a typical social environment. In Palahniuk’s Fight Club, Tyler Durden is a conformist to society that experienced a personal tragedy which led him to disengage from the societal normality and found an organization known as Fight Club, an...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Poem Analysis: A Love Song of J. Prufrock by T.S. Eliot

- Insecure and aging, J. Alfred Prufrock finds regret in the life he has laid out for himself. T.S. Eliot wrote A Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, an intriguing, yet depression poem about a man living each day the same as the last. The journey Prufrock endeavors on serves to be a realization of the struggles in his life and the idea that he is getting old and time isn’t going to slow down for him. Filled with regret, he ponders on the dreams and accomplishments he didn’t achieve because of his lack of confidence and willingness to face his fears....   [tags: yellow smoke, life]

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“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” as the Embodiment of the Modern Conscience

- In the early 1900’s, the artistic movement of modernism dominated many facets of aesthetic representation as writers, artists, and musicians abandoned the starched, conventional styles of the Victorian age for a less restrictive form of expression. Artisans, particularly the writers of the period, experimented within their craft by ignoring the traditional narrative and poetic forms in an attempt convey their personal disdain for the social climate of a newly industrialized culture consumed with monetary wealth and the ideals of genteel refinement that attended to its standards....   [tags: Poetry]

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Analysis of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

- Analysis of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" J. Alfred Prufrock constantly lived in fear, in fear of life and death. T. S. Eliot divided his classic poem into three equally important sections. Each division provided the reader with insight into the mental structure of J. Alfred Prufrock. In actuality, Prufrock maintained a good heart and a worthy instinct, but he never seemed to truly exist. A false shadow hung over his existence. Prufrock never allowed himself to actually live. He had no ambitions that would drive him to succeed....   [tags: Papers]

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot

- The beginning of the twentieth century was a time filled with confusion and emotional turmoil. The people of the time were coping with the major events that were going on in the world in the best ways that they knew how. However, the times were changing. Many of the modernists believed that the safety provided by religion, politics or society was no longer sufficient (Matterson 1). There were new inventions, ideas and philosophies that challenged the existing philosophical ideas. Signs of these changes can be seen throughout many modernist writers' works....   [tags: narration, poem, modern literature]

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot

- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was written by T.S. Eliot in 1917. When looking at the title, one can immediately assume that this poem is a love story or even an actual love song. Actually, after reading one will find a great struggle and in fact no love song will be sung. The poem begins with a short passage from Dante’s INFERNO. With this reference, it immediately gives an eerie feeling of something evil or possibly something related to the devil....   [tags: Papers]

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

- TS Eliot's Prufrock The ironic character of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," an early poem by T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) in the form of a dramatic monologue, is introduced in its title. Eliot is talking, through his speaker, about the absence of love, and the poem, so far from being a "song," is a meditation on the failure of romance. The opening image of evening (traditionally the time of love making) is disquieting, rather than consoling or seductive, and the evening "becomes a patient" (Spender 160): "When the evening is spread out against the sky / Like a patient etherized upon a table" (2-3)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Explication of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- Explication of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" Prufrock begins his “Love” song with a peculiar quote from Dante’s Divine Comedy. It reads: “If I believed that my answer were to a person who could ever return to the world, this flame would no longer quiver. But because no one ever returned from this depth, if what I hear is true, without fear of infamy, I answer you.” In the Divine Comedy these lines are spoken by a damned soul who had sought absolution before committing a crime....   [tags: Poems Poetry Analysis]

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Middle Age in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- In T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” the author is establishing the trouble the main character, Prufrock, is having coming to terms with middle age. He is deeply distressed over the fact that he is growing old, and feels that the prime of his life has passed him by. His preoccupation with time throughout the poem characterizes his fear of aging. He is a man experiencing a mid-life crisis, brought about by his perception of aging and his own feelings of inadequacy. J. Alfred Prufrock is a man caught in a trap of constant introspection and indecision....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Prufrock and Modernist notion of trivial things completeing themselves

- The Modern humankind is caught up in a series of trivial pursuits that seem to make their lives shallower. Eliot uses “Prufrock” to show that the only cause for doing the trivial actions is to avoid the bigger issue. Which could be as simple as asking a woman out, or a complicated as facing death. Either way, J. Alfred Prufrock was avoiding everything challenging in his life. It was his goal to avoid death, because he didn’t know how to deal with it. He avoided asking a woman out, because he was afraid of what she might say....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot

- Passive Lovers T. S. Eliot was the dominant force in twentieth-century British and American poetry. With poems such as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, he introduced an edgy, disenchanted, utterly contemporary version of French Symbolism to the English-speaking world. Most poets recognize that in producing a sensational poetic work, many concerns arise with the use of various literary tools to convey ideas, opinions or simply an observation. Through vivid imagery and metaphors, TS Elliot in his “The Love Song of J....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Response to The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

- On the surface, ?The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. is about an older man who is distressed by his own inability to tell a woman of his desire for her. He tries to relay his feelings to her but comes up with all kinds of excuses not to, and ultimately does not. The speakers. real problem is not that he is just too timid to confess his love for this particular woman, it is that he has a somewhat unproductive, bleak life and has a lack of willpower and boldness to change that life. The poem starts out describing the dreary streets with cheap hotels and restaurants where the speaker lives....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Dubliners and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- Dubliners and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Several of Joyce's stories in Dubliners can read as lamentations. They are showing the frustrated inability of man to represent meaning by external means, including written word. When characters in ^Araby^, and ^A Painful Case^ attempt to represent or signify themselves, other characters or abstract spiritual entities with or through words, they not only fail, but end up emotionally ruined. In T.S. Eliots^ poem, ^ The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,^ the feeling relates to one overall issue of emotional investment in representation....   [tags: essays papers]

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Analysis of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

- In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Elliot the speaker Alfred is a very isolated and indecisive man. Through out his monologue he speaks of himself and the way the world is through his eyes. He embodies a man that is too intelligent to realize he is the one holding him back. My view of Alfred is that he is an older man in his late fifties that has led a very passionless life. He lives in a city were there is yellow fog and smoke against the window-panes, a number of one-night cheap hotels and sawdust restaurants....   [tags: Poetry]

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The Id, Ego, and Super-Ego in T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is inhabited by both a richly developed world and character and one is able to categorize the spaces in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” to correspond to Prufrock’s mind. Eliot uses the architecture of the three locations described in the text to explore parts of Prufrock's mind in the Freudian categories of id, ego, and super-ego; the city that is described becomes the Ego, the room where he encounters women his Id and the imagined ocean spaces his Super Ego....   [tags: Poetry Analysis ]

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Modern Man in T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- Modern Man in T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Thomas Stearns Eliot’s poetry has been of great influence in revealing to man his real identity during the last fifty years. To Eliot, the modern man is no longer the best creature ever created by God. He is neither a being supreme in everything. Nor is he the all-knowing, the most determined, and the sociable creature one might think of. How is this modern man depicted in his poetry is a question that would take time and meticulous effort to be answered....   [tags: critical analysis, literary analysis, english lite]

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Hesitation, Repression, and Indecisiveness in the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- Impotent, pathetic, inadequate, timid. Everyone knows a J. Alfred Prufrock, and everyone has a bit of him in himself or herself. Just like Prufrock we readers have been witness to the pretentious triviality of others, the women who "come and go/ Talking of Michelangelo" (lines 13-14), and the lack of confidence which prevents the realization of desires. Eliot's careful choice of epigraph from Dante's Inferno reverberates throughout this poem as the logic behind Prufrock sharing his feelings with his listener....   [tags: Poetry]

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The Journey Illustrated in Four Works: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Of Eurydice, Sky-High, and 48 Shades of Brown

- The word “journey” describes a profusion of events. These events can occur physically; physical journey or emotionally and intellectually; inner journey. It is important to define the Journey achieved, while analysing any specific text. The set text in this essay “The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by TS Elliot and “Of Eurydice” by Ivan Lalic can be used to create a comparison in order demonstrate the uniqueness and significance of each journey. “Sky High” written by Hannah Robert and contemporary novel “48 shades of brown” can be compared with the set text to help identify the Journey enclosed in the text....   [tags: TS Elliot, Ivan Lalic, Literary Comparison]

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Much to be Understood from T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

- If every narrative valued by humanity must trace some physical journey, there is much to be misunderstood in T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Eliot aims to derive life’s meaning through recounting the meaning of life's pervasive realities in an effort to stage the traditionally modernist conflict of an individual’s identity in relation to their relationship to community. Eliot focuses on the conflict between individual identity and community in the first stanza of his work by establishing that the subjects of his poem are engaged in wandering....   [tags: poem, journey, social life]

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