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"
Prufrock Vs. Dante T.S. Eliot once said, “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.” When you become so immersed in a type of writing and types of stories you tend to reflect and talk about these works as well and this may be why both of the characters in Dante’s “Inferno” And Eliot’s “A Love Song” were so similar, yet different. The first six lines of the poem “The Love Song of J.
T.S Eliot, known infamously for his new take on poetry and being a modern poet could be labeled as one of the most famous poets to use the literary element of allusion. He was able to put in references from other famous poets and scripture in his works so cunningly, that to the naked eye, they are easy to miss. Some critics may regard that the use of allusions is an inadequacy of the poet, judge them as a poet who cannot write their own words, so that they dare to use the time-proven words of other
Ahab places himself on the same level as the Lord with his statement asking if the crown that HE wears is too heavy, that his burden is Christ-like. Allusion to Lazarus and the tomb: “I felt all the easier; a stone was rolled away from my heart. Besides, all the days I should now live would be as good as the days that Lazarus lived after his resurrection; a supplementary clean gain of so many months or weeks as the case might be. I survived myself; my death and burial were locked up in my chest
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