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In his article, “Prufrock, J. Alfred Prufrock,” Christopher Ricks talks about one of T.S. Eliot’s famous poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” T.S. Eliot wrote the poem in 1910 at the mere age of twenty one till 1911. The same thing is said about “The Waste Land.” in Helen Vendler’s “The Poet T.S. Eliot” “Seriously eclipsed by fiction.” These author’s points of views are about T.S. Eliot’s well written poems that made an impact in writing.
T.S. Eliot’s full name is Thomas Stearns Eliot. Born in 1888 in St. Louis, Missouri from an old New England family. A businessman and poet, Henry and Charlotte Eliot. He was educated in English, European Literature and Eastern and Western philosophy and religion. In his mid twenties he moved to England, leaving behind his career in philosophy at Harvard. He then got married to a woman by the name of Ezra Pound.
It was then he brought out his famous work”Prufrock” around 1917, which was about the unfulfilled yearning for love, for a love. But Christopher Ricks questions the poem. The voice of someone, not “the poet” but the voice that the poet has called into being. Who is the “You and I”? Is T.S. Eliot speaking to another, and if so to whom? Mr. Ricks supposes that the title of the poem will make us believe that the “you” is the loved one the one at least hoped for in love, as a lover, but who is it?
Every one that reads it will have his or her opinion on the poem and say who might be it. “The Waste Land “ however has a different tone to it. T.S. Eliot had a nervous breakdown 5 years after Prufrock and stayed in a Swiss Sanatorium in Laubanne. Not many people were impressed by it and thought of it as a piece of rhythmical grumbling. It has a turn of religious beliefs and unpleasant straight forward feelings from T.S. Eliot as some would understand it as.
Its up to the reader to decide on what their aspects a...
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