The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock | Critical Essay by Shyamal Bagchee

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
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SOURCE: "'Prufrock': An Absurdist View of the Poem," in English Studies in Canada, Vol. VI, No. 4, Winter, 1980, pp. 430-43.

In the following essay, Bagchee argues that "Prufrock" should be reinterpreted in terms of post-modern theories.

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The aim of this article is to reclaim one of T. S. Eliot's most celebrated poems as a truly modern poem: as poetry that is as significant in our post-Modernist times as it was in 1915 when it was published at the beginning of the Modernist movement in Anglo-American literature. For much too long it has been admired and interpreted mainly from narrowly Modernist or Eliotic perspectives. Most existing readings of the "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" ridicule the poem's main character for his timidity and self-deception. He is blamed for surrendering too easily to the petty vanities encouraged by a shallow and self-conscious society. The poem is admired...

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