Eliot 's The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” focuses on the estranged Prufrock, who attempts to gather courage to declare his love. With Prufrock’s constant hesitation and frequent digressions from his main subject, Eliot writes an atypical love poem. The awkward diction and melancholy tone written in the stream-of-consciousness style, however, is actually highly appropriate for the modernist style.
Modernism arose during the early 1900s as a result of the fast-paced life and innovation that characterized the era. Modernist poetry evolved from imagisim, to vorticism, and finally to T.S. Eliot’s classicism; nevertheless, modernism’s departure from romanticism through an emphasis on impersonality prevailed throughout the years. Modernist poetry does not portray an adherence to formal expectations, instead experimenting with a Freudian depiction of a character while implementing a stream-of-consciousness format. Instead of maintaining some form of organization as is typical in most other genres of poetry, the modernist author often reveals a character’s unconventional behavior through disconnected images and allusions. Eliot uses much of these modernist strategies as he characterizes his own strange character, J. Alfred Prufrock. (“Modernist Experiment: Overview”)
Prufrock’s inept use of language to express his emotions is apparent throughout the poem. In the beginning, he states that a romantic evening against the sky is “like a patient etherized upon a table” and…
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