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.