T.S. Eliot: Poems

Hopelessness in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock College

Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, the world began to develop at a blistering pace. From a time when most civilians lived apart from each other on opposite ends of the country emerged a time when new technologies connected the vast world as we know it. The invention of the newspaper, railroad, telephone, and automobile made it possible for individuals, and news, to travel at a speed not seen before. Many writers, like T. S. Eliot, were disillusioned by the rapid ascent of social exchange. In response to this, the modernist literary movement was born, and proceeded in hope of finding meaning in a seemingly meaningless world. Yet pessimism was essential to much of modernism. In Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" the author's hopeless views of society are showcased through the usage of bleak diction, as well as the allusions Eliot utilizes to add a classical layer to the poem. Just as importantly, the format of the poem as a dramatic monologue it makes it more personal, as though Prufrock is showcasing the anxiety of the modern world directly to us, his interlocutors.

The hopeless diction implemented in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" pushes the reader into an almost dystopian...

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