February 13, 2005

Prufrock

After the discussion of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot in class I have a much better understanding of the poem. While I had made my own interpretations on the selection it was interesting to hear what everyone else thought. I guess sometimes it takes several points of view to really "get" something.

There is just so much in this poem though to interpret. I wonder, if when the poem was originally published x-number of years ago, if the readers understood it either. I mean, this is a poem which people are constantly examining and studying. What about the original readers? Did they see all the symbolism?

One of the questions I had while reading was about the women talking of Michelangelo. I wasn't exactly sure what this ment. The rest of the poem is the narrator talking about not being able to express his love for another and then Michelangelo comes in. Michelangelo represents perfection. In his time he was a perfect figure and the man is comparing himself to this perfection- something he will never be in his mind.

Another prominent historical figure, Hamlet, was also mentioned. By mentioning Hamlet we know that the man is an educated person to know about the play. However, he does not see how his education is exactly helping his life. He is still stuck in his boring life regardless of whether he knows Hamlet or not.

This was a difficult poem for me to understand, I admit. There is just so much to interpret that it becomes overwhelming when every stanza needs picked apart.

Posted by VanessaKolberg at February 13, 2005 04:22 PM | TrackBack
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Vanessa

It's like I said in class. To those women, Michaelangelo was PERFECTION. to Prufrock, Hamlet was PERFECTION, compared to him. Does that make sense? Michaelangelo was perfection because he could do art and make things, himself included, look good. Hamlet was physically perfect, both of which Prufrock was not.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at February 13, 2005 09:13 PM

Yeah it makes sense...isn't that what I said before?

Posted by: Nessa at February 14, 2005 08:48 AM

I dont know to be honest, I was half asleep when I read it admittedly, that I'm trying to shamelessly plug my own blog. lol. Sorry hon

Posted by: Louis Gagliardi at February 14, 2005 09:57 AM

I dont know to be honest, I was half asleep when I read it admittedly, that I'm trying to shamelessly plug my own blog. lol. Sorry hon

Posted by: Louis Gagliardi at February 14, 2005 09:58 AM
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