The Love Song Of Alfred J Prufrock Analysis

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INTRODUCTION T.S Eliot wrote The Love song of Alfred J. Prufrock while he was still at Harvard at the age of twenty two. While it was published only five years later when he was in Munich, the poem survived the test of time to become highly celebrated, all across the world. What we now know as the modernist era also witnessed the emergence of the new field of psychology alongside major changes in writing. The most influential psychological innovator at this time was without doubt, Sigmund Freud. The Austrian’s several experiments to fathom the human mind had led to the springing up of several psychoanalytical institutes starting 1910, the same year the poem was published. It was Freud that developed what would soon come to be known as the science of psychoanalysis and his early techniques of focused on hypnosis, although he soon developed a new method called the ‘talking cure’ whereby each patient was encouraged both to free associate and to work on ‘remembering, repeating and working through’ experience from his…show more content…
Freud hoped that this cure would help discharge residual, repressed, experiential, and affective material and help heal both neurosis and pathologies. Despite having influenced literary criticism more than creative literature, Freud’s theories expanded fully into literary circles, leaving very few texts untouched. In Eliot’s poem, the eponymous narrator in the poem takes us through the working of his own inner psyche through an interior monologue that provides us with broken fragmented images of the modern day world. As the poem completes a hundred years in 2015, we also celebrate the 50th death anniversary of its poet, this paper shall attempt to analyze, using mostly psychoanalytical tools Prufrock as the modern day man to help better understand the poet

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