T.S Eliot’s Preludes and The Love Song of J.Alfred. Prufrock, are examples

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T.S Eliot’s Preludes and The Love Song of J.Alfred. Prufrock, are examples of modernist poetry which illustrate the concerns of modernist poets. Explain how the poetry you have studied reflects some of the major concerns of its context? In your answer refer closely to two poems by T.S. Eliot. T.S Eliot’s Preludes and The Love Song of J.Alfred. Prufrock, are examples of modernist poetry which illustrate the concerns of modernist poets. The modern era, which lasted between 1885 to 1940 was concerned with challenging the traditional views of life. In terms of literature, Eliot was a leading figure in challenging the style and verse of traditional romantic poetry. Preludes portrays the hopeless and monotonous life of the…show more content…
An example of Eliot’s use of allusion is in Prufrock, where Eliot refers to a character like Prufrock with two sides, Shakespeare’s Hamlet - “To be, or not to be”. In the poem, the reference to Hamlet appears as “No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be…” and a different reference to the Bible is quoted where Prufrock exclaims “I am Lazrus, come from the dead…”. In addition, the use of rhetorical questions, (which don’t require an answer), helps distinguish the trupe personality of Prufrock, the main male character. One side of Prufrock is an unsure, hesitant and pessimistic man – whereas the other is a brave, fearless and confident “Prufrock”. He constantly asks himself “Do I dare? … Do I dare?” to ask for a lady’s hand in marriage, it is here where he questions his courage. Also “Shall I part my hair behind? … Shall I wear white flannel trousers?” shows his constant worry of his appearance to impress the woman of his dreams. The final, most distinguishing modernist technique that Eliot uses is the concept of a free-verse. It encompasses lines of irregular and different lengths to satirize a situation, similar to the modernist music of Stravinsky and his unpredictable rhythm. In Prufrock it is used to satirical situation of the women discussing Michelangelo : “In the room, the women come and go … Talking of Michelangelo”. The monotonous, repetitive and routine life of the working class in London and it’s smog is what Eliot closely refers

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