Essay The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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The love song of J. Alfred prufrock is a modernist poem T.S Eliot lived in St. Louis during the first eighteen years of his life and attended Harvard University in 1910, he left the U.S for Europe he also earned both undergraduate and masters degree. After a year in Paris he returned to Harvard. To pursue a doctorate in Philosophy, but returned to Europe and married Vivienne Haighwood and began working in London as a teacher then at Lloyd’s bank. Elliot was most notable for his poem, The love song of J. Alfred Prufrock. The article from the Journal, The Explicator, “Eliot’s character also sees himself in the tradition of courtly love; as poet lover he tries to sing his “Love song” he even begins with a quote from another such lover Dante, who in The Inferno went to hell and back for his lady, Beatrice”
The poem begins with an excerpt from Dante’s Inferno,
S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma percioche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s’i’odo il vero,
Senza tema d’infamia ti rispondo.

Which translates to “If I thought that my reply were given to anyone who might return to the world, this flame would stand forever still, but since never from this deep place has anyone returned alive, if what I hear is true, without fear of infamy I answer thee” This excerpt in the beginning of the poem alludes that the poem will be dark or mysterious and won’t be your typical “Love song”.…

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