Symbolism in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
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This paper explains that the focus of the symbolism used in T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is based on self-reflection. The author points out that Eliot's dating experiences were riddled with failures, and thus, he became emotionally depressed and in a doubtful state. The paper relates that a critic believes that, once Eliot is put in a romantic role, Eliot see's himself symbolizing a prophet; other critics say that Eliot uses symbolism to express himself as fearless, self-loathing, and difficult.
From the Paper:"On September 26, 1888 Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1906, Eliot decided to go to Harvard, an experience that would forever change his life. While in college, he read a book called "The Symbolist Movement in Literature". The book set him on the path to become a poet. It was after reading this book he decided to join the board for the Advocate, a Harvard literary magazine. In three years, Thomas Stearns Eliot graduated from Harvard and the next year he completed his master's degree. During post graduation, Eliot went to Paris where he met Jean Verdenal, his inspiration for "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"."
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