The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock | Critical Essay by George Williamson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
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Critical Essay by George Williamson

SOURCE: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” in A Reader's Guide to T.S. Eliot: A Poem-By-Poem Analysis, Thames and Hudson, 1955, pp. 57-70.

In the following essay, Williamson provides a close analysis of “Prufrock.”

The mixture of levity and seriousness immediately confronts the reader in the title poem of Prufrock and OtherObservations. For he transposes his epigraph from the serious context of Dante's Inferno to the lighter context of Prufrock's love song. The epigraph is never to be ignored in Eliot for while it is not an essential part of the poem, it conveys hints of the significance or even genesis of the poem. Together with the title, it prepares the reader for the experience of the poem. Thus the first rule in reading one of Eliot's poems is to consider...

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