Eliot 's The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

1051 Words Nov 17th, 2015 5 Pages
Many may wonder what, if any, significant differences and similarities one could find in a poem and a song that was composed almost 100 years apart. At first sight, nothing, but after one has analyzed all the elements, in turns out to be more than it may have first appeared. In T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, we read the ramblings of a middle aged man who loathes himself and never takes any risk in his life. In contrast, Garth Brook’s Standing Outside the Fire, is more about inspiring others to take those risk otherwise one is not really living. With many decades between the two, we see many different poetic devices especially with one being simply a song and the other a poem. As well as, a difference in the authors styles and life. Although, even if the works are unique in their poetic ways with only slight similarities, both explore taking chances or risk in life and the consequences of not taking any.
First, there is a difference at the very beginning, in the titles. T.S. Eliot’s title is very misleading. It prepares one for a “Love Song,” but instead gives them the confusing rambles of a lonely man (Eliot). “Love Song” in the title for the poem is nothing more, but ironic (Eliot). While in Brook’s Standing Outside the Fire, is a metaphor for what the entire song is about. He’s saying when one stands outside the figurative “fire,” they are not really living their life to the fullest (Brooks). Thus, he is setting the listener up for what the entire song…
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