The Dead and the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay

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Jared Giron Honors English Topham Period: 1 Date: 10/9/13 “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and “The Dead” “The yellow fog that rubs it back on the window panes, the yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window panes.”(Second Stanza) Just picture it in your mind, yellow fog that “rubs” it’s back on a window pane. From The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock T.S. Elliot uses these words to weave a picture into the heads of his readers. We imagine a feline like yellow fog that stalks around as if the world were its home. As you read through The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock you can make connections of the imagery to other books or stories, like The Dead by James Joyce. James Joyce uses his words to make your mind think what things look like, he uses detailed descriptions i.e. “He was a stout, tallish young man. The high colour of his cheeks pushed upwards even to his forehead, where it scattered itself in a few formless patches of pale red; and on his hairless face there scintillated restlessly the polished lenses and the bright gilt rims of the glasses which screened his delicate and restless eyes.” Both of these stories can be connected if you look at the detailed descriptions, mind blowing characters, and amazingly detailed settings. As you read these stories, you see that both authors go into great detailed descriptions of everything and anything that they felt needed to be. If you look into both stories, you see that in most paragraphs that they describe something, whether it be an inanimate object or a person or animal. Both of these stories have examples that you don’t need to go digging for at all. “My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly on my chin, My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin-”(1035). This amount of detail did not have to go into describing one necktie, but it only adds to the feeling of the poem.

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