The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay

1257 Words Jun 21st, 2016 6 Pages
In the ‘Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’, T.S Eliot gives the readers a view through a twenty-two-year-old modernist, around the beginning of World War 1, set in a bedraggled, populous city and its persona is represented by an extremely caliginous man under the name of Prufrock. He is depicted as one that is afraid of living and hence is continually procrastinating. In contrast, ‘Mirror’, written by Sylvia Plath in 1961, around two years before her suicide, carries one into the mind of a woman through the eyes of a “silver and exact” mirror and sees from the mirror, through to the woman’s ageing and definition of a woman changing for the period of time. While over fifty years separates these two poems, both explore how time, acceptance and appearances serves as the source of the persona’s troubles as well as their connection with society through melancholy and bitter thoughts. However, Eliot comments about more criticism and anxiety whereas Plath demonstrates the development of women and femininity built onto preternaturally feminine “issue” of losing one’s beauty through aging. Acceptance is key towards human condition and is relevant to both poems because the persona feels that they need to be accepted by society in concerns to how to live.

Eliot questions whether it is necessary to leave everything as we enter the contemporary world, and comments on an important figure of the past periods, “talking of Michelangelo”. He speaks of the thought process and education of…

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