The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot Essay

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Passive Lovers T. S. Eliot was the dominant force in twentieth-century British and American poetry. With poems such as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, he introduced an edgy, disenchanted, utterly contemporary version of French Symbolism to the English-speaking world. Most poets recognize that in producing a sensational poetic work, many concerns arise with the use of various literary tools to convey ideas, opinions or simply an observation. Through vivid imagery and metaphors, TS Elliot in his “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” delivered readers the thoughts and emotions of a tormented character J. Alfred Prufrock and also reflected self-debasing nature of a passive lover’s effort that kept deteriorating till it finds hellish…show more content…
Individual are unique in their ways and potential to realize one’s self-worth is not through comparison and self-denigration but valuing existing inherent qualities and stepping up to present yourself to others. Prufrock indicates that he is familiar with people who size him up and judge him against some standards that clearly do not correspond with what he considers himself to be, a devalued counterpart. Elliot uses a dramatic/ tragic irony in the first line of the above stanza, where he shows how his observation feels rejection due to his looks as it is deteriorating with age and correspondingly readers see how time passes away causing such transformation. This state of loss is still popular amongst young men today, as they too like Prufrock loose that sense of time while building the courage to approach their potential better half. The poem does not seek sympathy for the character but rather seems to inform us about such personas that exist in society. It informs us about the slippery slope situation passive lovers find themselves because of their pessimistic approach to life’s event and conclusion. Elliot uses many metaphors, rhymes to illustrate that in the above stanza. For instance, the visual affect of a bug strapped and wriggling on the wall illustrates how insignificant he feels around the women he has always known: “When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall, Then how
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