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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Although "Preludes" was written earlier—probably in 1911 or 1912—"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" was the poem that made T.S. Eliot famous. Published in Poetry Magazine in 1915, the poem brought Eliot to the attention of the small, elite, and significant British and American literary world. Eliot had recently moved to London at the time; under the guidance of his mentor and friend, Modernist poet Ezra Pound, he published a number of other poems and his first book of poetry, Prufrock and Other Observations, in 1917. Eliot began to be considered a poet at the forefront of the Modernist movement, and that reputation would be cemented five years later, when he published the poem "The...

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