"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
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This paper explains that T.S. Eliot is one of the defining voices of modern poetry; his works, such as "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (Prufrock), incorporate and explore almost all of the qualities which define modernity. The author explains that, through his technique of expressing emotions through an "objective correlative", Eliot uses Prufrock's thoughts to describe a breakdown of the social order and the fragmentation of experience so prevalent in modernist literature. The paper relates that the most striking modernist trend in this poem is Eliot's use of multiple allusions from a variety of sources, such as literature, history, mythology, science, the arts and his own work.
From the Paper:"These internal allusions continue in the final portion of the poem. When Prufrock in line 122 asks, "Shall I part my hair behind?" he alludes to the many references in the body of the poem to his thinning, graying hair-thereby alluding to his own impending mortality and again bringing to mind the earlier image of a "patient etherized on a table." When in line 127 Prufrock introduces the image of the mermaids "Combing the white hair of the waves blown back," he again alludes to his earlier references to his hair. The next line's mention of "black water" reinforces the linkage between Prufrock's hair and his mortality."
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