Compare And Contrast The Love Song Of J Alfred Prufrock And Walt Whitman

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Unlike other forms of literature, poetry can be so complex that everyone who reads it may see something different. Two poets who are world renowned for their ability to transform reader’s perceptions with the mere use of words, are TS Eliot and Walt Whitman. “The love song of J Alfred Prufrock” by TS Eliot, tells the story of a man who is in love and contemplating confessing his emotions, but his debilitating fear of rejection stops him from going through with it. This poem skews the reader’s expectations of a love song and takes a critical perspective of love while showing all the damaging emotions that come with it. “Song of myself”, by Walt Whitman provokes a different emotion, one of joy and self-discovery. This poem focuses more on the soul and how it relates to the body. “Song of myself” and “The love song of J Alfred Prufrock” both explore the common theme of how the different perceptions of the soul and body can affect the way the speaker views themselves, others, and the world around them.
The use of bodies in both poems helps the speaker reveal they ways they perceive themselves. In “The love song of J Alfred Prufrock”, Prufrock, the speaker, is a very self-conscious indecisive man. Prufrock uses body parts to reveal his view of people as parts and not wholes. Prufrocks mind is filled with indecision and fear, as his thinks he isn’t good enough for this women. Prufrock seems to be most self-conscious and ashamed about his age. “With a bald spot in the middle
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