Essay The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

1119 Words Mar 25th, 2016 5 Pages
T.S. Eliot, Thomas Stearns Eliot, was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1888. His ancestors hailed from New England and they were clergymen and accomplished educationalists (Young). While at Harvard University, Eliot published fragments of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in their literary journal. Eliot married an Englishwoman named Vivien Haigh-Wood when he was studying in England in 1915. Their marriage was troublesome; Eliot had sexual uneasiness and Vivien had a “neurotic illness” (Poetry for Students). He had a nervous breakdown because of his marriage and was sent to a sanatorium in Switzerland. (Young). After his treatment, he met another woman named Valerie Fletcher who was his secretary, then his wife. It was a happier and more stable marriage. The Nobel Prize for Literature and the Order of Merit by George VI were given to Eliot (Poetry for Students). Eliot is buried in Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey. The poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” starts with Prufrock wondering about the question of having a relationship eventually. He asks a person to go with him to a vague place. He wanders along a poor part of town with the euphemisms of sexual situations happening around him. He dreams of having a wife and is indecisive and does not understand why. He is at war with himself over being socially inept and wanting companionship. Prufrock does not want to be helpless, but he is. He remembers the feel of womanly arms. He is launched back into reality when…

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