The Love Song Analytical Essay by Gerard

The Love Song
Examines T.S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of Alfred Prufrock."
# 25557 | 750 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | AU
Published on Apr 29, 2003 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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The writer examines Eliot's poem and discusses how it would be more aptly described as a lust song, as an aging aristocrat leaves his familiar surroundings of wealth, pomp, and in the descending evening finds escape in the narrow street the red light district. It explains how the man's purpose is not love, but to engage a woman of pleasure for the evening.

From the Paper:

"The poet is escaping. He says "Let us go . . . don't ask questions, but we will slip through the streets of cheap one night hotels, taverns with sawdust and oyster shells on the floors, and find our escape." The poet and his miss will "make our visit." As they walk through the poorer section of town, the images he describes are not those of the aristocracy with which they are familiar, but those of the bowery. The night air is filled with yellow smoke form single roof top pipes. The smoke is pushed back down into the streets by the incoming cool of the evening, and thermo cline that slips in from the Thames river. It licks the inside of the tavern windows, leaving them smoky, and more translucent than transparent. The smoke licks the outside of the windows as well, as it is forced down by the denser humid night air."

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