Analysis Of The Love Song Of J Alfred Prufrock

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After World War I, modernist writers caught a glimpse of the world around them and thought: “It’s all different now.” They noticed that whole nations were wounded. Men returning from war were trying to find their place in the world. Feminism was on the rise, women were earning wages, which took everyone by surprise, including Eliot as reflected in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”. The themes changed. The way poetry was perceived changed. It was about time. Someone doesn’t earn a Nobel Prize in Literature for “outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry” in 1948 if they don’t keep pace with the constant vicissitude of society. TS Eliot’s writing style is characterized by his ability to cautiously use allusions, exegeses, footnotes and quotations. He used fragmentation in his poetry to juxtapose literary texts against one another. When it comes to topics, Eliot saw society as helpless and wounded, furthermore he visualized that culture was decaying, and he tried to capture that. As a modernist writer, Eliot was fascinated by the idea of symbolism, and consequently, this can be observed in his poems. Usually making use of symbolism using music, he juxtaposed lyrics from an opera by Richard Wagner with songs from pubs in “The Waste Land”. He believed that high culture, including art, opera, and drama, was in decline while popular culture was on the rise. So why is it that Eliot was cunning enough to become one of the most influential writers of all time? How
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