The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot

I believe that T.S. Eliot’s theme of his poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufock,” is modernism.  He accomplishes this modernist poem by alluding to many different works of art and very artistic people like The Inferno and Michelangelo for example.

In the beginning of the poem Prufrock seems to almost be frustrated at something he cannot seem to discover.  “Let us go then you and I/When the evening is spread out against the sky/ Like a patient etherized upon a table,” is one of the starting notes that indicate imagery and prove almost dreamlike.  This dreamlike story was Eliot’s way of making Prufrock and everything he did so real.  Just like Prufrock’s social anxiety which is discovered is the beginning of the poem when he does not go and confront the woman talking to Michelangelo.  All of these instances are a reflection on the modernism by presenting the struggles Prufrock goes through while using examples from other authors to explain it all in maybe a better way that more people of that time could understand.

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