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ALLUSION IN T. S. ELIOT’S “THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK” D. Avery Pearson As with many pioneering works, T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” initially received harsh rejection. In fact, The Times Literary Supplement claimed that “[t]he fact that these things occurred to the mind of Mr Eliot is surely of the very smallest importance to anyone, even to himself. They certainly have no relation to poetry" ( http://www.usask.ca/english/prufrock/recept1.htm ). In 1948, however, the Swedish Academy awarded Eliot the Nobel Prize in Literature citing his “outstanding, pioneer contribution to present-day poetry" ( http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1948/index.html ). Now the majority of literary critics agree that Eliot’s work surpasses most twentieth century pieces due to his use of rhetorical techniques such as imagery, irony, and allusion. Although Eliot uses imagery and irony strongly, the powerful allusions make the poem a strong criticism of inaction due to over-thinking. The most immediate allusion, the epigraph, reads an excerpt from Dante Alighieri’s Inferno in its original Italian. The Princeton Dante Project translates these lines as: "If I thought my answer were given to anyone who would ever return to the world, this flame would stand still without moving any further. But since never from this abyss has anyone ever returned alive, if what I hear is true, without fear of infamy I answer you." ( http://etcweb.princeton.edu/dante/pdp/ ) 1
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ALLUSION IN T. S. ELIOT’S “THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK” D. Avery Pearson Guido da Montefeltro, a monk condemned to the eighth circle of Hell for giving false council to Pope Boniface VIII, explains to Dante that he only answers him because nobody can escape
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