Analysis On The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

1704 WordsJan 17, 20127 Pages
Due to the Victorian ideals during the 20th century the psyche of humanity was weak making the people be conscious about how to act, what to say and feel about themselves. In the poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot, written in 1919, the trend of the consequences of these ideals is seen, showing how one can become isolated and socially awkward. Thomas Eliot grew up in a prosperous family but since he was a child he suffered a hernia not allowing him to do a lot of activities that children normally do and later on in life one of his marriages failed (Bush). In this poem, he uses imagery, figurative language, and structure to reinforce the tone and aspect of isolation in life. The poem is written as a long “pick-up” line for a woman that the speaker is in love with. But ironically, the poem is not romantic at all; because of T.S. Eliot’s style of writing, the protagonist is socially awkward which makes it difficult for him to approach the woman in a romantic and typical way. Instead he uses a unique structure and pedestrian imagery to try to explain what he’s feeling. Although he should tell her everything he’s thinking about; when he’s at a reunion he thinks to himself of the possible outcomes of his confession; stopping him from doing it and making him wander off with his thoughts before making a move. Presuming that the speaker of the poem is the author himself, the reader might think that his feelings of isolation root from his childhood. To portray this, he uses abundant imagery, to help the reader view elements, the same way he does. Eliot, as writer was influenced by thinkers such as John Donne and F.H. Bradley (Fajardo-Acosta) whom are known for their controversial ideas and unique use of diction to portray imagery; they are also part of the group of poets that believed in anti-romanticism. In the third stanza of the poem Eliot writes,
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