A Freudian Love Song Poem Review by chief

A Freudian Love Song
Examining T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" from a Freudian perspective.
# 25058 | 1,547 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 23, 2003 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , Psychology (Freud)

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This paper looks at Eliot's work and shows how ones understanding of the poem is enhanced after a psychoanalytical reading, specifically on the Freudian subjects of repression and how it relates to the unconscious. By exploring some of Freud's main ideas of repression, this paper provides an interesting analytical angle to the poem.

From the Paper:

"It comes first that one should debate the actual existence of a unconscious. Francoise Meltzer puts it best as he writes: "How can the existence of "unconscious" be ascertained in the first place since "it" is by definition something of which we are not aware." Freud responds by defining it in terms of the conscious, a concept we can both grasp and are aware exists. In some sense it is as if one were to ask a description of darkness. The easiest answer is "the lack of light." Such a relationship exists between the conscious and the unconscious, the latter existing as a result of the former. This lacking appears to us in many forms, as Freud points out. Dreams are the most common form of a lack of conscious thought, yet even in our daily routine he correctly recognizes the many associations we make in our minds with regards to external stimulus that may or may not have anything to do with the actual association. This is his justification that the unconscious is necessary, as regular conscious thought is filled with too many gaps. The other side of his justification of the unconscious is that it is perfectly legitimate."

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