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Unformatted text preview: Study Guide T.S. Eliot and Dylan Thomas T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred P rufrock Published : 1915 Form : Dramatic Monologue, with a rather indiscernible rhyme scheme and refrains (the women talking of Michelangelo) Themes: The poem is about a young man who wanders disillusioned through the city speaking of seemingly disconnected, yet surprisingly relevant aspects of his life and what he sees around him. There is an illusionary notion of Love in the title that is quickly discarded when the poem begins. The speaker in the poem can be described as anti- romantic in sentiment and thought. He notices the unpleasantness in pretty much everything. There are associational links between ideas in the poem and they are: 1. Between the Let us go then you and I and the women in the room talking of Michelangelo 2. Between animal-like figures (for instance, the cat-like movement of the fog, the ragged claws that the speaker speaks of scuttling with across the floor of the sea, the mermaids at the end) 3. Between the shirt-sleeves and the arms 4. Between movement and destruction 5. The presence of mermaids connect all the themes of the poem, as they are half animal, half human, they are an image of vitality, they are fantastic (as in they are of a fantasy), and they are silent to the speaker (they reinforce what he knows about himself and how far removed and isolated he is) Imagery : The poem is a sensory experience to the max. Eliot uses sight, sound, taste, and touch to take his reader on this lonely journey with the speaker of the poem....
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- Spring '08