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Hi, I am trying to analyze a small section of the poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and I am having some trouble with the prompt.

Hi, I am trying to analyze a small section of the poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and I am having some trouble with the prompt. The prompt requires me to complete a, "well-organized essay that explains how the lines convey one or more of the following modernist ideas: fragmentation of experience; breakdown of the social order; omitting of introductions, conclusions, and surface continuity." I am having trouble understanding these modernist ideas and finding them in this excerpt:


Let us go then, you and I,

When the evening is spread out against the sky

Like a patient etherised upon a table;

Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,

The muttering retreats

Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels

And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:

Streets that follow like a tedious argument

Of insidious intent

To lead you to an overwhelming question...

Oh, do not ask, "What is it?"

Let us go and make our visit.


In the room the women come and go

Talking of Michelangelo

* * *

Shall I part my hair behind? do I dare to eat a peach?

I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.


I do not think that they will sing to me.


I have seen them riding seaward on the waves

Combing the white hair of the waves blown back

When the wind blows the water white and black.


We have lingered in the chambers of the sea

By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown

Till human voices wake us, and we drown. 

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