Essay on The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

959 Words Aug 31st, 2016 4 Pages
Thomas Sterns Eliot is a milestone person of western literature in the 20th century. His brilliant poems took part in the changes of the literature order. His poems seek to save modern people and the literature cannot reflect the reality of modern society. He promotes people to rethink the drawbacks ignored and indulged in literary creation, reading and criticism. What is more, his theory of the objective correlative inspire people to think about new possibilities for literary. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is Eliot’s notable work. In this poem, Eliot uses a series of material objects, scenes and a train of events to present specific emotions. Similarly, in Something Whispered in the Shakuhachi, Garrett Kaoru Hongo also uses specific setting, place and environment to show the emotion and feelings of narrators. This paper compares and analyzes how the two poems present settings and what settings means to the narrators respectively. The paper firstly introduces Eliot’s theory of the objective correlative, then it shows how The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock presents the theory. Next, the paper demonstrates how Something Whispered in the Shakuhachi presents the setting and its role in poem. Lastly, the final summary and conclusion will be given at the end of this paper.

As Eliot argues that, the application of the objective correlative is the only to express feelings in art; thus, he uses lots of settings to present the emotion of the narrator in The Love Song of J.…

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