Critical Analysis : ' The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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Essay Two- Critical Analysis Writing a critical analysis is diving into the text. Readers must break down all parts of the text and pin pointing the author 's purpose for the writing. A very challenging poem to analysis is T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”. It has been declared that “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” started that Anglo-American modernist movement with poetry. The poem was the first poem with American poetry to flow free verse. At the time, it was deemed an urban poem. The urban, free versus flow of the poem makes analysis the purpose of the poem very intense. Before the poem begins T.S. Eliot a quotation from Dante’s “The Divine Comedy” is featured. The lines featured are untranslated; they are hidden to those who do not speak Italian. Translated though the lines were spoken by a damned souls on Dante’s journey in hell. The words T.S. Eliot picked described a living death. The words tied in with the title of the poem make the reader feel as though Alfred Prufrock is trapped in an endless cycle with a love that is killing death. To start the poem, Alfred Prufrock askes the readers to walk with him through an urban setting. As he walks through the city, it is clear that he is extremely social. It is clear his friends are of the upper-class. Yet, even with his wealth and social attitude, it is clear that Prufrock is not truly happy with where he is in life. He seems to fear that his unhappiness stems from the class in which he

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