The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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    The title of this poem is the first clue in which Eliot provides a characteristic of modernism. The title “suggest the kind of irony that is so typical of modern free verse” (Evans) as “love song” (Byam 822) and “J. Alfred Prufrock” (Byam 822) do not seem to fit in the same line of words. Along with the title, the epigraph, which “portrays a man in hell” (Güven 80), who “reveals details of his life” (Evans). He believes his words won’t be repeated on Earth. In the same way, the reader is…

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    S. Elliot in his poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” uses great variety of symbolism and metaphors which support and develop the central message of his poem (here only three will be chosen). One symbol that is shown in the poem multiple times is the room which in many occasions could represent…

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    1915. It uses the dramatic monologue style, where the readers are only silent listeners. It is tempting to think that the poet , Eliot, is describing his own life through the character of Prufrock but the stark differences between young Eliot ( at the time he wrote the poem) and a balding ,middle-aged Prufrock, negate this assumption. Eliot also used the literary technique of fragmentation, which was popular in his time. The poets of his time used fragmentation in their poems, to represent the…

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    “The Speech of Polly Baker” by Benjamin Franklin is a leading example of how American writers challenged notions of social injustice and attempted to bring social change. Franklin writes this fictional story about a woman being convicted for giving birth to an illegitimate child and criticizes the laws that punish them. Polly Baker has been convicted of this same crime four times previously but each time, argues that she is not the only one responsible for this transgression. Women are…

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    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…

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    Dramatic Monologue

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    is the present time for the man who oughts to believe his mind and soul are rich in color. Yet in all sensibility, he too is a foreigner who lacks zeal for life- unknown to the outside world. The mysterious speaker in T.S Eliot’s “The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock”, became frozen in a chain of disillusionment towards the new world, but is also blinded by his own creation of a cracked illusion that confides in solitary life that he believes is pure. Haunted by self-doubt and nostalgia of a past…

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    POETRY ANALYSIS Alone by Edgar Allan Poe and Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Do you know what is worse than being alone? It is to feel lonely even though you are surrounded by people. Everyone has felt lonely at some point in their life but not all overcome it. Both of my chosen poems, Alone by Edgar Allan Poe and Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, demonstrate the themes of loneliness and despair. Alone reflects back on the writers past and childhood in a melancholy tone and captures the…

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    What is the function of the trope of the fall in literature? In W.H. Auden’s poem “Musee des Beaux Arts”, the trope, abiding by convention, illustrates a metaphoric fall. In his poem, Auden refers to both mythology and the bible to convey the suffering of man and humankind, exemplified through the tale of Icarus. Though Auden succinctly addresses the suffering of humankind, Auden most notably highlights the fallen nature of bystanders to said suffering. In his poem, Auden uses both rhetoric and…

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    In Robert Pack’s poem “An Echo Sonnet: To an Empty Page”, the narrator is uncertain about what comes with death. He worries about his future and what may happen to him. As the narrator asks questions into the emptiness, he finds answers in the echoes of his voice. Robert Pack uses literary devices such as rhetorical questions, selection of detail, metaphors, juxtaposition, and connotation to construct the meaning of his poem. Beginning in the first quatrain, the voice is very anxious and…

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    Conduct a critical analysis of the poem “In My Craft or Sullen Art” by Dylan Thomas Dylan Thomas explores a poet’s love and devotion to poetry through the poem “In My Craft or Sullen Art”. Thomas was a well-known Modernist poet who challenged the primary values of the Western society. His attitude towards society is made evident through the words in the poem. He focuses on the poet’s love for poetry but also comments on how the poet is undervalued by society and his audience. As there are many…

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