"The Romance Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" T. S. Eliot
(Full title Thomas Stearns Eliot also authored underneath the pseudonyms Charles Augustus Conybeare Charles James Grimble, Reverend Gus Krutzch Muriel A. Schwartz J. A. D. Spence Helen B. Trundlett) American-born British poet, critic, essayist, dramatist, and editor.
The next entry presents critique on Eliot's poem "The Romance Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915). See even the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Poetry Critique, T. S. Eliot Critique (Volume 1), and Volumes 2, 3, 6.
"The Romance Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is one among Eliot's finest and many important works. With the aid of Ezra Pound, the poem was recognized for publication in Poetry in 1915â€”four years, it's thought, after Eliot (1888â€“1965) completed it. Through this poem Eliot established themself like a modern voice in literature, creating profoundly innovative, erudite poetry which mixes classical references with industrial twentieth-century images. It's the first work among many which may earn him a location among the most significant and revolutionary poets from the last century.
Plot and Major Figures
"The Romance Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is really a lyrical, dramatic monologue of the middle-class male persona who inhabits a physically and emotionally bleak atmosphere. The title from the poem is misleading as it is neither an appreciation poem nor an audio lesson within the classical sense. Roughly 130 lines lengthy, the result is the ramblings of J. Alfred Prufrock, the would-be suitor of the un named and nebulously developed lady. While Eliot provides little description of Prufrock's person, he is doing reveal a good deal about Prufrock's personality and frame of mind.
Major StylesPrufrock is filled with self-doubts, having a pessimistic outlook on his future, along with the way forward for society and also the world. This pessimistic view renders him not able to declare his passion towards the un named lady. He describes themself as "almost absurd, " "almost â€¦ the Fool." Although conscious of the potential of personal fulfillment, Prufrock is afraid to do something, not able to assert for themself a far more significant existence. The poem also consists of numerous biting pictures of the commercial land-scape using its insidious "yellow fog, " "narrow roads, " "lonely males in shirt-masturbator sleeves, " and "smoke that falls from fireplaces." "Prufrock" can also be replete with classical references to such literary and historic figures as John the Baptist, Lazarus, and Hamlet and also to the literary works of Hesiod, Andrew Marvell, Dante, and Jules Laforgue.