Day 3

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How would you describe the tone of "Rhapsody on a Windy Night"?

    There is an almost dreamlike—certainly surreal—quality to the narrative of the poem. It balances playfulness, its odd language and dialogue with the street lamp, with a sense of melancholy and emptiness. Students may see different sides of the night and the speaker: some may connect more with the almost silly tone, some with a speaker so lonely he has to speak to a street lamp while wandering the streets alone at night.

  2. 2

    How does the last line change your reading of the poem?

    The last line breaks the dreamlike quality of the poem overall, giving both speaker and reader a rude return to reality. It...

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