MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

327 views

In what ways might we consider 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' by T.S. Eliot a Modernist poem?

A: 

We might first consider the form of the poem. Does there appear to be any strict metre or rhyme scheme? No, there does not. We can however see that Eliot is toying with rhyme and metre in places, in ways that his Edwardian predecessors tended not to. The third line of the poem is perhaps one of the most famous lines of poetry in the twentieth century. The evening is described as being 'spread out against the sky/ Like a patient etherised upon a table'. What rhetorical device is being used here? A simile, because it is 'like', as opposed to a metaphor, where something becomes something it is not. Eliot's comparison of the night to a patient etherised - or aneaesthatized - upon a table immediately brings in a modern, scientific sensibility, and destabilizes any preconceived expectations of what a 'Love Song' is supposed to be like.

Isaac N. A Level English Literature tutor, Uni Admissions Test .ELAT ...

1 year ago

Answered by Isaac, an A Level English Literature tutor with MyTutor

Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

58 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£22 /hr

Timothy G.

Degree: English Literature (Bachelors) - Bristol University

Subjects offered: English Literature, English Language

English Literature
English Language

“Hi, my name is Tim and I am currently studying English Literature at Bristol University.Since I was young I have been enthusiastic about literature and the English language. I believe literature to be one of the cornerstones of human...”

£20 /hr

Jack H.

Degree: Classics (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered: English Literature, Latin+ 1 more

English Literature
Latin
-Personal Statements-

“About me: Hi, I'm Jack, a second-year at Durham University studying Classics.  Since I started to learn Latin when I was 11, I have been enthralled by the chance that studying a classical language affords forexploring language and li...”

£20 /hr

Frances S.

Degree: English Literature (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered: English Literature, Spanish

English Literature
Spanish

“About me I am a first year English Literature student at Durham University. I've always been incredibly enthusiastic about English, having studied it for many years at GCSE and A Level, I know just how difficult it can be and so I hop...”

About the author

Isaac N.

Currently unavailable: until 13/09/2016

Degree: English Language and Literature (Bachelors) - Oxford University Alumni University

Subjects offered: English Literature, History+ 4 more

English Literature
History
English Language
Classical Civilisation
.ELAT
-Oxbridge Preparation-

“About Me: This year (2015) I completed my Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature atBalliol College, Oxford, and I am currently working on my Master's in Modern and Contemporary Literature atSt. Andrews. I have been lucky...”

You may also like...

Other A Level English Literature questions

How should I go about analysing an unseen text?

What makes the difference between a "good" exam essay and an "excellent" one?

To what extent can Othello's ending be described as 'self inflicted'?

How do I keep my essays concise?

View A Level English Literature tutors

Cookies:

We use cookies to improve our service. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok