Objective: Much of T.S. Eliot's poetry is concerned with the condition of man in the modern age, how he came into that condition, and how he acts within that condition. Although this modern condition focus is seen in almost all of his poems, it is perhaps most notable in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "Portrait of a Lady". Studying the condition of modern man as related in these two poems is the objective of this lesson.
1) Research Topic: The Age of Eliot. When T.S. Eliot entered the world of letters, when he began publishing his poetry, the world was in a state of drastic change. The industrial revolution had come and was still in the process of unfolding, the automobile was new and becoming a prevalent means of travel, radio was coming into its glory days, and Europe was obliterated by the...
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