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The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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T.S. Eliot was an outstanding author and an exemplary representation of the ideas of modernism. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," despite being one of T.S Eliot 's earliest publications, still manages to remain one of the most famous. He uses this poem to not only draw out the psychological aspect of members of modern society, but also to draw out the aspect of the time that he lived in. The speaker of this poem is a modern man who feels alone, isolated, and incapable of making decisive actions for himself. Prufrock desires to speak to a woman about his love for her, but he hesitates the entire way there. In this poem, the theme I have chosen is fragmentation, which we can see throughout the entire structure of the work. It 's evidenced by not only his writing style, but the use of space and time and the personality of Prufrock. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" depicts the conscious thoughts of a single, timid, and middle aged man. Prufrock is talking or thinking to himself, these thoughts or speeches making up the entirety of the poem. For the first forty-eight lines of the work, he considers the aimless pattern of his solitary life. He is a lover, but unable declare love to someone. In the very first line, he is both the "you and I, "pacing the city 's streets on another lonely walk. He watches the fog settle over him in the evening. Growing more hesitant throughout, he stops to consider his decision. Should he, a lonely and middle-aged man, even
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