Ts Eliot Critical Essay

888 WordsAug 27, 20084 Pages
"How has your research into TS Eliot's life and the opinions of ONE critic enriched your understanding of an aspect of The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock?" "Let us go then, you and I". Throughout the poem, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, written by TS Eliot, there is a consistent use of the words 'you' and 'I'. Not much is said about the narrator or who he is talking to and after conducting research on TS Eliot himself as well as reading opinions of critics on this topic, my understanding of who the 'you' and 'I' is has changed quite significantly. The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock was originally written, primarily, between February 1910 and July or August 1911. The poem was not first published until June 1915 in the poetic…show more content…
One of the discussed allusions is the methods Eliot uses to draw the audience into the poem. She goes on to say ""Let us go then, you and I," Prufrock urges, inviting readers to enter the world of his loneliness and self-deprecating impotence". Many theories of who Prufrock is talking to exist. Some believe he is talking simply to another person who is walking through the streets with him. Another theory is that he is talking to himself and discussing his problems out loud,which was my original understanding. However, now I do not believe Prufrock would literally talk to himself and urge himself to "Let us go". Due to this, my understanding is that he is talking to the audience and is asking them to continue on with his story and to listen with what he has to say. Since conducting research on TS Eliot and The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock my understanding of who the narrator is and who he is talking to have changed and I now believe that J Alfred Prufrock is an appropriation of Eliot by himself. Also, I now believe that Prufrock is not talking to himself but is talking to the audience and urging them to come along with him as he talks about
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