The poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S., Elliot is a poem about how the speaker is worried about how other people view him and more importantly, how his lover sees him. The theme of the poem overall is love, a love that drives the speaker crazy. This causes him to be very indecisive about odd things. As an example the speaker asks if he “shall part [his] hair behind? Do I dare eat a peach?” Asking if he should dare eat a peach seems odd but in his defense he is stricken with love for a person and only wants to please them. The beauty of this poem is that it shows the thought process of a person who is in love but doesn’t outright say that the speaker loves the person the poem is meant for. It shows the love by being indecisive. This is why the theme of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is about love.
Reading this poem, I could not help but notice the progression it seemed to follow, beginning with adolescent lust and visits to “one-night cheap hotels” moving to a more sophisticated lifestyle with toast, tea, cakes, and the loss of the speaker’s hair then progressing to a period where the speaker becomes much more philosophical about his life experiences and feels misunderstood by repeating the lines “That is not it at all, That is not what I meant, at all.” To conclude the poem, the speaker seems to become detached from reality, almost schizophrenic.
To summarize, the theme of this poem is the different periods of a person’s life. Starting with youth, then adulthood, then feeling out-of-touch with the next generation, finally ending up old and having given up on trying to relate to the younger generations.
The part of the poem which stuck out the most to me was the final four stanzas. The speaker is focusing on describing the sea and the “mermaids” therein. I do not fully understand what they are intended to represent. I am thinking they could represent death. They sing their sirens’ song to attract the old man to come closer to the sea in a hypnotic way. He cannot pull his eyes away from them “till human voices wake us, and we drown.” I would be interested if anyone else has any different interpretations for what Eliot is intending for the mermaids and sea to represent in the piece.
The following post is part of my final project assessment in my Digital Humanities course; it explains my reasoning for creating this blog in the first place.
For my final project in Intro to Digital Humanities I created a blog through WordPress dedicated to my major, archaeology. I chose to create a blog because I thought it would be interesting to discover whether blogging could be found beneficial within my field. Also my field has the reputation for being conventional, mostly consisting of book work, boring, and out dated. My ambition with this project is to dispute those claims and increase interest into archaeology again. As human beings I think it is essential that we are aware of our heritage and strive to preserve the achievements humanity has accomplished, not only to remember where we have been, but to learn from ourselves and better humanity in the future.
“If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development.”
In my blog I focused mainly on incorporating the use of technology, various forms of digital media, and several other topics discussed in class. Furthermore I wrote about my current research, archaeological topics that interested me, excavations and archaeological surveys I am involved in, and several other projects I am working on. To my surprise I found blogging to be beneficial. Before hand I did not regard blogging in an academic sense.
However I found the most innovative features that blogging possessed were receiving/sending feedback and gaining mass exposure. It was flattering to receive feedback and “likes” from fellow archaeologists, professors, researchers, and other individuals from across the globe. Not only was it flattering, but the mass scale of exposure was astonishing. To further increase my blog exposure I posted links and attention grabbing prompts within the Archaeology Page on FaceBook. It was intriguing to witness how instantaneously I received responses. Even more surprisingly once I really got into blogging I had accumulated 93 homepage views in a single day, a current amount of 14 Word Press subscribers, 1,625 FaceBook subscribers, and an unexpected total of 737 total homepage views within only two months. After viewing these statistics it was clear to me blogging can most definitely be used academically and benefit any individual in any major.
I found the responses to be additionally useful and encouraging. I was offered guidance, given encouragement, suggested solutions to my questions, provided other people’s opinions and I found it rather entertaining to tee off controversial debates. Blogging made it possible to further expose my mind to new thoughts and ideas that I otherwise wouldn’t have come across. I think it is important that individuals in all fields of study take advantage of technology and what it can offer. Technology such as blogging encourages interaction and compels an individual to acquire knowledge through additional means and further expand one’s thought process.
Blog Posts (beginning from oldest to most recent)
Multimedia and Archaeology
What’s Your Archive?
Mapping & Social Network Analysis in Archaeology
New Manners of Thinking
Digitalization of Text
Reading & Textuality in Archaeology
Archaeological Survey in Hominy, Oklahoma
Archaeological Time Machine?? Think POSSIBLE
Thanks for reading and THANK YOU to all of my followers and those of you who responded to my posts! You all made this a very positive experience and I look forward to bettering my blogging potentiality. 🙂
When analyzing the relationships between video games and some of the other media we have looked at in class this semester, I see quite a few similarities. Some of the narrative pieces and poetry that were interactive were kind of like a video game. When the reader is able to interact with the poetry, the reader is more captivated and their attention is more focused on the narrative. The best example I can think of this is the most recent one, which is the poem, “Today I Die.” This was easily the most interactive literature I had ever seen.
To be honest, I’ve never been much of a poetry buff throughout my life so far. But when I was looking at “Today I Die,” I took a different approach to it. It was fascinating, and the required involvement of the reader did wonders in terms of keeping my attention and interest levels high. I would actually go as far as to say that “Today I Die” is like the literature/poetry version of a video game. Overall, I really enjoyed the new experience.
The poem I am choosing to write about is “Today I Die.” I have never before seen something like “Today I Die” in my life. It was so unique and different. At first, I was a little confused about how to navigate around the game and what was going on overall. After a few minutes of playing around and messing with different things, I began to figure it out more.
I liked how you could change a word in the poem. This kind of interaction with poetry is something that was much unknown to me previously. I enjoyed the fact that changing one single word could change the vibe or “feeling” of the poem and game. The fact that it is about death is also interesting to me, because there is often death in games, as with poetry. But I had never seen death incorporated in both at the same time, which I was skeptical of at first. But after a little while of playing around with it, I realized the creator did a very good job of combining the two types of media into one creation.
I found many of the digital fictions and poetry we went over in class to be very similar in nature and function as video games. I play many video games and find it hard for one to successfully incorporate literature along with that. When looking at the digital poetry and fictions I found the “video game” aspects distracting and felt like they took away from the meaning of the literature. I also did not even find the meaning that the author was trying to convey and felt like the effort was a waste of time on both parts. However I can see how these forms of literature can further expand the potential of a work, but that all depends on the presentation.
How do you see the relationships between video games and some of the other media we’ve looked at this semester?
Video games, and some of the online videos, poems and interactive sites we have seen this semester both make you learn about the story and purpose by going deeper into it. In video games you complete quests and do missions to dive into the story and game. In pomes like the ones from last class you have to interact with the story and media to read the poem.
Both use media interaction and give you control to search through the stories and learn about their purpose.