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  • TS ELIOT

    THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK

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  • ABOUT TS ELIOT..Using the words in the cloud below, write 1 or 2 sentences about TS Eliot

  • INTRODUCTION When he was alive, T.S. Eliot was one of the most influential poets in the English-speaking world. He invented new poetic rhythms, forms, and themes, which had an enormous impact on other writers of the age.

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  • SUCCESSIn 1915, Eliot's masterpiece" The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" appeared in Poetry.

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  • PRUFROCK:A Breakthrough in PoetryUsing colloquial speech laced with slang, Eliot created a new, highly original poetic diction. He also explored new poetic themes, such as the splendors and horrors of modern life and the effects of alienation.

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  • anticipation guide:What do you know about poetry in the 20th century?

    Read the title of the poem:

    THE LOVE SONG OF J Alfred Prufrock:

    Why do you think the title has 3 names? What do they suggest to you?

  • Beginning of the poem Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherized upon a table Let us go, through certain half deserted streets, The muttering retreats Of restless nights in one night cheap hotels And sawdust restaurants with oyster shells: Streets that follow like a tedious argument Of insidious intent To lead you to an overwhelming question ... Oh, do not ask, What is it? Let us go and make our visit. In the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05wxzxvListen to the poem read by Jeremy Irons

  • activitiesRead for gist2) What do you find original at the beginning of the poem?

    Work in groups of 2-3 : Underline the adjectives and discuss their meaning, and what tone they give to the poem?

    etherized, half-deserted, restless, tedious, insidious.

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