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Your Last name1Your nameProfessor’s nameCourse name20 October 2015Modernist Indecisiveness and Ambiguity: The Love Song of J. Alfred PrufrockT.S. Eliot was a modernist poet, and just like the characteristic of this era of writing, he used new and unique styles of expression. Most of his popular poems were published during the beginning of his career, which were also the initial phase of the modernism in art and literature. Eliot’s first published book, “Prufrock and Other Observations,” established him on the stage of poetry. He ultimately rose to pinnacles of modernist poetry journey, winning the Nobel prize in 1948, which started with his celebrated poem “The Wasteland,” in 1922 (“T. S. Eliot-Biographical”). Eliot was undoubtedly one of the most influential modernist poets. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock “was his first published success, which was highly influenced by the cruelty and horrors of the world wars in the modernist style of vagueness. Eliot believed in the power of poetry in representing the modernist complexities of the twentieth century that were marred by the horrors and cruelties of the world wars, and innovated his own style of floating from certainty to ambiguity, an essential modernist element, to illustrate the pessimistic indecisiveness and hopelessness of the twentieth century youth, which is expertly depicted in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
Your Last name2“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is one of the most famous poems by T. S. Eliot. The poem’s first major publication is marked as the one in, then, prestigious American journal Poetry in June 1915. The title of the poem emphasizes that it’s a love song, and at the same time it indicates that it is not just any love song but a unique one by adding the name of the protagonist. It is a poem, where the narrator seems to be talking about many vague and unsure ideas and thoughts coming up in his mind. He wants to make some revelations but seems unsure about taking any decision. This indecisiveness of the narrator represents the horrific aftermath of the world wars, which ruined not only the demographics of that era but more abstract morals and confidence of its youth, too. Modernism seems to be Eliot’s peculiarity as he tries to break away from the conventions of the pre-modernist Victorian era by simply rejecting to conform to the traditional forms of subtle writing: While the pre-Modernist world is characterized by sense of order and stability rooted in the meaningful nature of faith, collective social values, and a clear senseof identity (both personal and cultural), the Modernist period is characterized by asense of chaotic instability rooted in the revelation that collective social values are

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