The Future of Society and a Poem
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I've been surfing through this section of the forum and I want to try something new.
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is one of T.S. Elliot's most well-known poems. It is written with excellent parallel structure and touches on an interesting view of life.

Prufrock is middle-aged and is trapped in a life surrounded by people on a lower intellectual level than himself and is drowning with it.
Read the poem in order to get a clearer idea of what I'm getting at:
http://www.usask.ca/english/prufrock/prustart.htm

Is it worth having a child, if all that could await them is unhappiness?

(How come no one likes reading and responding to works of literature?)
Posted 2/22/09
lovely poem ^__^
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The people aren't on a lower intellectual level. Not my interpretation anyway. The issue is they're phonies and the author is acutely aware that they're phonies. But simultaneously he is envious and wishes that he could summon the courage to integrate into society.
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Posted 2/23/09
I fear to have children because of what I've been through and seen but I guess it depends...

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Posted 2/23/09

leviathan343 wrote:

The people aren't on a lower intellectual level. Not my interpretation anyway. The issue is they're phonies and the author is acutely aware that they're phonies. But simultaneously he is envious and wishes that he could summon the courage to integrate into society.





I disagree with your last point, Prufrack has intergrated himself into society. The poem indicates that when it mentions the women speaking of Michealangelo, it also indicates that he is a member of "high" society. By a lower intellectual level I mean that they think of superficial things and miss the big picture. This is indicated when he mentions his looks and implies that he is middle-aged. Looks are superficial. Prufrack want to escape to a more primal life, indicated by referring to the sea, which destroys and creates. ( short answer) the mermaid mention, is indicating longing. The author even refers to Shakespeare's Hamlet when Prufrack is compared to Polonius who is seen as a fool. Polonius talks using flowery language so that the point of what he is trying to say is lost. Prufrack is trying to fit into society so much that he is losing himself. He drowns when he wakes to face the world which doesn't fit him.
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darkmagiciangirl911 wrote:


leviathan343 wrote:

The people aren't on a lower intellectual level. Not my interpretation anyway. The issue is they're phonies and the author is acutely aware that they're phonies. But simultaneously he is envious and wishes that he could summon the courage to integrate into society.





I disagree with your last point, Prufrack has intergrated himself into society. The poem indicates that when it mentions the women speaking of Michealangelo, it also indicates that he is a member of "high" society. By a lower intellectual level I mean that they think of superficial things and miss the big picture. This is indicated when he mentions his looks and implies that he is middle-aged. Looks are superficial. Prufrack want to escape to a more primal life, indicated by referring to the sea, which destroys and creates. ( short answer) the mermaid mention, is indicating longing. The author even refers to Shakespeare's Hamlet when Prufrack is compared to Polonius who is seen as a fool. Polonius talks using flowery language so that the point of what he is trying to say is lost. Prufrack is trying to fit into society so much that he is losing himself. He drowns when he wakes to face the world which doesn't fit him.


Ah, a disagreement brews!
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