T.S. Elliot Prufrock, Preludes and Portrait

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Reading T.S. poems at first is like reading a language that is not fluent to you. T.S. Eliot uses many different techniques for his poems to be read aloud to make no sense to then after further investigation being acquitted in to his world of the modernism era. Such techniques include personification, metaphors, epigraphs, sibilance, dramatic irony, imagery, simile and symbolism. At first you might think, “what the... I am not even going to bother with this one”, but give it a chance because I promise you, your life will suddenly feel a lot more pleasant once you dig deep and understand T.S. Eliots genius exhibition of dramatic monologue. A common element that is within his many poems is alienation, loneliness and shallowness and these can be found within the cryptic mastermind lines, verses and stanzas. Three poems that hold these same mastermind lines, verses, stanzas and techniques are, “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock”, “Preludes” and “Portrait of a Lady”. “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock”, filled with numerous references to Shakespeare and biblical mentions, articulates a balding, insecure, aging-man - Prufrock - who lives in fear of inadequacy and difficulties with being unable making decisions. Prufrocks world is dull and uneventful; he lives the same life day after day and is incapable of expressing his feelings and seizing potential opportunities to advance in his current, miserable life. Overall he feels lonely and alienated, for example in lines (15-25) Prufrock mentions “The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes” under further investigation of this metaphoric personification, Prufrock is describing a cat, one of which he likens too himself. He mentions this for one; because he is a shallow and empty man, but two; because he wants to distract himself of the women in the room talking about him, for example in lines (40-45) “They

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