Ts Eliot Critical Essay

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"How has your research into TS Eliot's life and the opinions of ONE critic enriched your understanding of an aspect of The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock?"

"Let us go then, you and I".
Throughout the poem, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, written by TS Eliot, there is a consistent use of the words 'you' and 'I'. Not much is said about the narrator or who he is talking to and after conducting research on TS Eliot himself as well as reading opinions of critics on this topic, my understanding of who the 'you' and 'I' is has changed quite significantly.

The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock was originally written, primarily, between February 1910 and July or August 1911. The poem was not first published until June 1915 in the poetic
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Then in lines 37 to 48 he is discussing with us whether it is worth the risk to attempt the engage with a women. It is obvious that Prufrock is afraid to make contact with a women. He does not know how he will act or what he will do. This characteristic of being nervous around women could also be applied to Eliot.

Eliot explained to Aiken that he was frustrated that he was still a virgin at the age of 26. In today's culture it is usual for citizens to have had a serious relationship and engaged in sexual activity by that age. Eliot's frustration implies to us that it may have been similar in the early 20th century. Eliot may have been to afraid to try and create a relationship just as Prufrock. The thought may have crossed through Eliot's mind that he may never find someone to share his life with. He could have released these thoughts through 'Prufrock' just as many people like to release their feelings through poem. Prufrock may just be a fictional appropriation of what TS Eliot believed he would be like at an elderly age.

My understanding of who Prufrock is referring to as 'you' has also been altered after research into the topic. In a journal article by Judith P. Saunders, which was published in Papers on Language and Literature Volume 36 in 2000, she discusses how Eliot is referring to the audience as the 'you' in reference to another poem. The article, titled The Love Song of Satin-Legs Smith:

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