English Assessment Task 1 – Listening Task Response:
In the context of your critical study, how does what you have listened to either support or challenge your interpretation of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Eliot’s poetry as a whole?
There are several aspects of the university lecture on T. S Eliot’s poetry that support my personal interpretation of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Rhapsody on a Windy Night and Eliot’s poetry in general. My interpretation of Prufrock, Rhapsody and Eliot’s poetry is that this medium of expression is a way for Eliot to communicate his own personal feelings regarding his personal life and social context. This explains why his poetry often holds common themes of depression, alienation, ambiguity, criticism of society, hesitancy, submission and vulnerability. As to his context, Eliot’s social context was heavily intertwined with the ongoing industrial revolution and the progression of the modernist period. There are heavy themes of disillusionment in society within Eliot’s poetry, which suggest that these social movements have greatly affected Eliot’s perspective of social status. The suffragette movement had also begun the women’s rights movement during this time, which also seems to have affected Eliot’s perspective of the value and place women and love, especially in terms of his own personal experience. The university lecture discussed the relationship between Eliot and his character Prufrock, as well as the nature of Prufrock’s character in his ambiguity and paradoxical sense of identity and place in society. The lecture also looked at Eliot’s life and ideas, including his idea of age, the observations of the character Prufrock and the procrastination of life that Eliot expresses through his work.
Eliot’s opinions and responses to his social context of the ongoing industrial revolution and the progression of the modernist period are greatly reflected in Prufrock. He uses the repetition and visual imagery...
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