The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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Intro: Within the poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, there are many characteristics of Modernism that make it a true Modernist Poem. Characteristics such as theme, structure, and style are modernistic in the way that they are portrayed in this poem. Modernistic poetry had some very dark themes in its works. Themes such as questioning and alienation are very prominent in modern poetry as well as in T. S. Eliot’s poem. During this time period, there were many people who were questioning everything that they believed in. Their beliefs such as religion, government, and the morality of the world were being questioned by most everyone. It is present throughout the poem that Alfred J. Prufrock is searching for something and questioning parts of his life. He doesn’t quite know what it is that he is searching for or why he is questioning parts of his life. In lines (put number here), Prufrock is questioning all of the…show more content…
At the end of each stanza he asks, “how should I presume?” Since that is the ending of each stanza, it shows that he doesn’t really know what to make of all of these people he has met and is questioning why he doesn’t understand them. Another theme of the poem is alienation. Within the entirety of the poem, it is thought that Prufrock is with someone, the reader, as it refers to in the first line, “Let us go then, you and I,” (Line 1). But, in actuality, it is unknown for certain if he is actually accompanied by someone or is just talking to himself, hoping someone will hear him. It also sounds like he is a very popular party-goer, as he talks about the rooms that, “the women come and go, Talking of Michelango.”( line ) But, since he speaks about them as a memory that he is not fond of, this could mean that he wasn’t a very popular man at these parties. It seems as though he made a lot of mistakes and has tried to change and fix them. Through this line, “In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute
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