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  1. Introduction
  2. Eliot as the beginning of modernism
  3. Weinstein's thoughts of historical perspective
  4. Weinstein's lecture
  5. The breed of insecurity in Prufrock
  6. Conclusion
  7. Works cited

Professor Arnold Weinstein's expertly expounds upon T.S. Eliot's personal and professional background to provide valuable insight in reading and perceiving ?The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.? Eliot's ?elitist, cosmopolitan, and international? language and social circle is a central theme of the poem. Eliot's arrogance and snobbish attitude is part and parcel of the Harvard tradition he participated in both as a student and professor of his alma mater

[...] His concept of the ?continual extinction of personality? is false. Eliot spent his professional career claiming the artist only expressed the medium and did so with impersonality. There is no doubt Eliot's poetry, including ?Love is completely personal and confessional. Perhaps we can argue that the artist personality is not continually extinguished, but continually publicly bared, which can alter that artist personality. Within ?Love the main character continually asks, ?Should Who is the character asking for permission? The question reveals the character's need for approval and hesitation to act without validation. [...]


[...] The song of Alfred J. Prufrock: Critical reflection Professor Arnold Weinstein's expertly expounds upon T.S. Eliot's personal and professional background to provide valuable insight in reading and perceiving Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.? Eliot's ?elitist, cosmopolitan, and international? language and social circle is a central theme of the poem. Eliot's arrogance and snobbish attitude is part and parcel of the Harvard tradition he participated in both as a student and professor of his alma mater. To heighten his bored, privileged perspective, Eliot went on to study at Oxford and immediately began publishing upon graduation. [...]

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