The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock | Critical Essay by Donald J. Childs

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
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SOURCE: "Knowledge and Experience in 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'", in ELH, Vol. 5, No. 3, Fall, 1988, pp. 685-99.

In the following essay, Childs argues that in order to fully comprehend "Prufrock" the poem must be considered in light of Eliot's dissertation on F. H. Bradley.

But what a poem means is as much what it means to others as what it means to the author; and indeed, in the course of time a poet may become merely a reader in respect to his own works, forgetting his original meaning—or without forgetting, merely changing.

                —T. S. Eliot, The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism

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