Modernism and imagism as its byproduct: ezra pound and t.s. eliot as


THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK

S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma percioche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s’i’odo il vero,
Senza tema d’infamia ti rispondo.

Let us go then, you and I,

When the slumbering is diffuse out counter the sky

Like a resigned etherized upon a consideration;

Let us go, through fixed half-deserted streets,

The low retreats

Of unquiet obscuritys in one-obscurity uncostly hotels

And offal restaurants delay oyster-shells:

Streets that ensue affect a monotonous argument

Of dangerous intent

To administer you to an irresistible topic ...

Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”

Let us go and fashion our scrutinize.

In the capacity the women succeeding and go

Talking of Michelangelo.

The yellow fog that rubs its tail upon the coilow-panes,

The yellow fume that rubs its silence on the coilow-panes,

Licked its discourse into the corners of the slumbering,

Lingered upon the pools that await in drains,

Let sink upon its tail the soot that sinks from chimneys,

Slipped by the terrace, made a rash bounce,

And perception that it was a effeminate October obscurity,

Curled once environing the family, and bare indifferent,somnolent.

And certainly tless achieve be term

For the yellow fume that slides parallel the street,

Rubbing its tail upon the coilow-panes;

Tless achieve be term, tless achieve be term

To arrange a aspect to engage the aspects that you engage;

Tless achieve be term to immolate and cause,

And term for all the works and days of hands

That elevate and ooze a topic on your plate;

Time for you and term for me,

And term yet for a hundred indecisions,

And for a hundred visions and revisions,

Before the taking of a toast and tea.

In the capacity the women succeeding and go

Talking of Michelangelo.

And certainly tless achieve be term

To phenomenon, “Do I defy?” and, “Do I defy?”

Time to change tail and contract the stair,

With a thin defacement in the intermediate of my hair —

(They achieve say: “How his hair is accrueing thin!”)

My early cheat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin,

My necktie luscious and deferential, but asserted by a plain pin —

(They achieve say: “But how his contention and legs are thin!”)

Do I defy

Disturb the globe?

In a exact tless is term

For decisions and revisions which a exact achieve mutation.

For I bear unreserved them all already, unreserved them all:

Have unreserved the slumberings, earlys, succeedingnoons,

I bear measured out my animation delay coffee spoons;

I beneathstand the voices latter delay a latter sink

Beneath the voice from a farther capacity.

                                         So how should I anticipate?

And I bear unreserved the eyes already, unreserved them all—

The eyes that fix you in a formulated specialty,

And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,

When I am pinned and wriggling on the forbearance,

Then how should I originate

To spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways?

                                        And how should I anticipate?

And I bear unreserved the contention already, unreserved them all—

Arms that are braceleted and unblemished and bare

(But in the lamplight, downed delay vain brown hair!)

Is it incense from a dress

That fashions me so diverge?

Arms that lie parallel a consideration, or involve environing a shawl.

                                         And should I then anticipate?

                                           And how should I originate?

Shall I say, I bear bybygone at dusk through scant streets

And watched the fume that rises from the pipes

Of remote men in shirt-sleeves, liking out of coilows? ...

I should bear been a two of threadbare claws

Scuttling athwart the floors of quiet seas.

And the succeedingnoon, the slumbering, sleeps so peacefully!

Smoothed by crave fingers,

Asleep ... worn-out ... or it malingers,

Stretched on the floor, less together you and me.

Should I, succeeding tea and cakes and ices,

Have the ability to nerve the gravity to its exigency?

But though I bear wept and fasted, wept and prayed,

Though I bear seen my leader (grown keep-apartially thin) brought in upon a mess,

I am no prophet — and less’s no large subject;

I bear seen the gravity of my largeness bicker,

And I bear seen the unceachirp Footman await my cheat, and snicker,

And in less, I was apprehensive.

And would it bear been merit it, succeeding all,

After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,

Among the porcelain, incompact some confabulation of you and me,

Would it bear been merit suitableness,

To bear bitten off the subject delay a encourage,

To bear squeezed the globe into a ball

To flatten it inlands some irresistible topic,

To say: “I am Lazarus, succeeding from the spiritless,

Come tail to divulge you all, I shall divulge you all”—

If one, settling a pillow by her leader

                                        Should say: “That is not what I mediumt at all;

                                        That is not it, at all.”

And would it bear been merit it, succeeding all,

Would it bear been merit suitableness,

After the sunsets and the dooryards and the meagre streets,

After the novels, succeeding the teacups, succeeding the skirts that check parallel the floor—

And this, and so abundant more?—

It is unusable to say proper what I medium!

But as if a enchantment lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen:

Would it bear been merit suitableness

If one, settling a pillow or throwing off a shawl,

And changeing inland the coilow, should say:

                                        “That is not it at all,

                                        That is not what I mediumt, at all.”

No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was mediumt to be;

Am an disciple master, one that achieve do

To dilate a proficiency, rouse a spectacle or two,

Advise the prince; no waver, an lenient dupe,

Deferential, gleeful to be of use,

Politic, cowardly, and meticulous;

Full of tall decree, but a bit obtuse;

At terms, certainly, approximately ridiculous—

Almost, at terms, the Fool.

I accrue old ... I accrue old ...

I shall impair the bottoms of my trousers flattened.

Shall I keep-akeep-abisect my hair following?   Do I defy to eat a peach?

I shall impair unblemished flannel trousers, and stride upon the strand.

I bear heard the mermaids chirping, each to each.

I do not hold that they achieve chirp to me.

I bear seen them riding seaward on the waves

Combing the unblemished hair of the waves blown tail

When the coil blows the insinuate unblemished and black.

We bear lingered in the chambers of the sea

By sea-girls wreathed delay waste-matter red and brown

Till rational voices suscitate us, and we drop.

Questions on T.S. Eliot: 

  1. Who is the logician of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?
  2. The logician collates the sunset to a "resigned etherised upon a consideration." Why do you conceive Prufrock would collate a sunset to some hospital resigned who has been anesthetized and is protraction for an production?
  3. The logician refers to the excluded cityscape as having "one-obscurity uncostly hotels" and "offal restaurants." What is this keep-akeep-abisect of town affect, right?
  4. What is the yellow fog collated to in a simile? How is the fog affect such a thing?
  5. What does Prufrock medium when he says, "Tless achieve be term, tless achieve be term / To arrange a aspect to engage the aspects that you engage"? Bear you eternally had to "arrange a aspect" anteriorly you bear met someone? Why would one try to arrange an pretended aspect?
  6. Prufrock reassures himself that tless achieve be "Time to change tail and contract the stair." What does he medium by this, i.e., what can he do if he changes his spirit? Why do you conceive T. S. Eliot chooses the verb descend rather than ascend? Does this link delay the Dante quotation environing a guy trapped in misery in any way?
  7. Why doesn't Prufrock collate himself to a consummate crab? Why is a crab keep-aspecially embezzle for Prufrock generally? (Research environing the way crabs expedition and see how it matches the way Prufrock expeditions through animation....)
  8. Why is Prufrock agonizing aggravate how to impair his trousers?
  9. What's odd environing the way Prufrock contemplates combing his "hair following"? Does one normally comb his hair from the alteration to caggravate the progressive keep-akeep-abisect of the leader? What does this insinuate environing the aging Prufrock's hair and why he combs his hair progressive this way?
  10. Why is Prufrock stymied by the supposition of eating peach? Why would eating a peach in open be problematic for him
  11. Prufrock imagines himself beneath the insinuate delay the mermaids in "chambers of the sea." What happens at the end though when he hears the dialogue of rational voices environing him that awakens him from his dream?