How does The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock reflect T.S.Eliot's concerns about the modern world?

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How does The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock reflect T.S.Eliot's concerns about the modern world?

T.S.Eliot's poem, The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock, is written in a modernist style. This becomes apparent from the very first stanza, when he describes a sunset. In Georgian poetry, a sunset is usually described in a beautiful sense, whereas Eliot has compared it to a 'patient etherised upon a table'. The language Eliot has used is one of a scientific and sterile nature. He may be trying to raise questions as to what we perceive as beautiful in our modern world, as people used to believe nature was the most beautiful sight on earth, whereas now people may perceive modern buildings or sports cars to be beautiful objects. Therefore, it
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We see contrast in this poem, as Prufrock asks himself 'do I dare/ Disturb the universe?'. This displays Prufrock's inner turmoil, as he cannot bring himself to be a man of action, through simple fear of something bad happening. It is also a hyperbolic statement, as he asks a question of such great magnitude. However, Eliot uses bathos after asking this hyperbolic statement, as he refers to his life being 'measured out with coffee spoons', which is an incredibly trivial statement, showing the menial tasks he faces everyday in his life. Eliot also uses anaphora later on in the poem, by repeating the word 'to'. This again highlights the trivialness of everyday life, and how it is the exact same things done everyday, and again criticising the modern world for creating this routine.
Prufrock describes himself as an anti-hero through out the latter part of the poem. Firstly comparing himself to John the baptist by saying 'I have seen my head ... Brought in upon a platter'. Secondly to Prince Hamlet, whom is considered courageous man, if not heroic and the same with John the Baptist. However, he quickly denies that he is a prophet or Prince Hamlet, and follows it with 'nor was meant to be', which suggests that he was never meant for great things or to be a

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