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Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay: A Beautifully Complicated Masterpiece

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The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock : A Beautifully Complicated Masterpiece         


The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot is a beautifully complicated masterpiece. The poem rises above all standards of poetry and completely blows your mind. The poem consists of twenty stanzas, each telling a different part of the story of J. Alfred Prufrock's life.


Eliot uses many poetic devices to add a hint of magic to the sound of the poem. The diction he uses turns what seems to be a normal poetic work of art into a dream where everything flows together like magic. An example of his diction would be Eliot's ...view middle of the document...


The soft 'i' sound illustrates the lengthiness that time has. Time can be short, but it can be long, also. The soft 'i' sound has a sound that stretches things out. This is also used in lines 47 and 48; "In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse."


Another poetic device that Eliot uses frequently is rhyme. It is most powerful in the twelfth stanza;

And the afternoon, the evening, sleeps so peacefully!

Smoothed by long fingers,

Asleep... tired... or it malingers,

Stretched on the floor, here beside you and me,

Should I, after tea and cakes and ices,

Have the strength to force the moment into crisis?

But though I have wept and fasted, wept and prayed,

Though I have seen my head (grown slightly bald) brought up in a platter, I am no prophet---and here's no great matter;

I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,

And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker,

And in short, I was afraid.


The rhyme scheme is a-b-b-a-c-c-d-e-e-f-f-d. It emphasizes several aspects of life. The rhyme of 'fingers' and 'malingers' would not be as powerful as it is if it was separated. It suggests that life sort of creeps slowly sometimes, it 'malingers'. The rhyme of 'ices' and 'crisis' suggests that life can seem short and quick, such as when in 'crisis'. The rhyme of...

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