The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock Essay

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Thomas Stearns Eliot once said “I am an Anglo-Catholic in religion, a classicist in literature and a royalist in politics.” Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, into an old, religious New England family. He was educated at Harvard and Merton College, Oxford, where he received his PhD in Philosophy. He settled in England, where he was a schoolmaster for a time and a bank clerk, and eventually became a literary editor then director for the publishing house of Faber & Faber. He founded and, during the seventeen years of its publication (1922-1939), edited the exclusive and influential literary journal Criterion. Throughout T.S. Eliot’s life, he let the Bible and his religion influence his work. In The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Eliot uses biblical allusions throughout this poem to help the reader become more aware of the message he is trying to convey. The first biblical allusion is to the death of Lazarus shown in line 94: Eliot writes, “To say: ‘I am Lazarus, come from the dead.’” There are two men of named Lazarus in the Bible who have completely different stories. The first one is the man who Jesus resurrected. Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha, were friends of Jesus. When Lazarus was ill, his sisters send a message to Jesus to come and help. When Jesus hears the news, he waits two more days before going to Lazarus' hometown of Bethany. Jesus knows that he will do a great miracle for God's glory and was not in a hurry. Once he arrives Lazarus has already passed away, causing Jesus to perform a miracle by resurrecting Lazarus. Lazarus rose from the dead, but nothing came from that. It was this unbelievable act from Jesus, but have we ever thought if Lazarus wanted to come back? J. Alfred Prufrock thinks that chasing after this woman who could potentially reject him will be useless or that it will be a horrible
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