How long can love last of it is never given in return? In Sylvia Plath’s “Mad Girl’s Love Song” the speaker illustrates the deeply romantic and desperately longing feelings of a woman as she obsesses over an impossible and unrealistic love. Through the use of repetitive internal cognition and implicative word choice, the speaker’s vision of love begins to take new shape and direction as she realizes the inexistence of her lover and his return to her. Having been seduced by her lover and for an eternity believing that they were forever meant to be together, she upheld the idea that their love was real until she ultimately finds it to be something much less as she sees his lack of affection for her in his failure to return. Speaker shows a kind of obsession in her unrealistic love of an unnamed figure who has left her. The speaker’s continuous repetition of the way that her lover makes her feel whenever she thinks of him, constantly brings the reader back to the speaker’s obsession. Guarded by parenthesis the speaker says to herself “I think I made you up inside my head” and that as “[She] shut[s] her eyes and all the world drops dead.” Reoccurring multiple times within the narrator’s speech these phrases support the idea of the narrator’s obsession with her lover. For the speaker it’s just the mere thought of him that will bring the world to a halt and everything just seems to stop for her. Going through her words as she paints her thoughts of her lover there is no doubt that she feels strong desire to be with him. She goes so far as to saying that with him in her heart “God topples from the sky” and “hell’s fires fade”, as if he is all she needs in life. Not even the idea of religion and God, a figure seen as an everlasting all powerful being, can compare to the faith that he brings her. As he topples God he topples Satan as well when “exit seraphim and Satan’s men. The speaker believes that her love for him is everything she needs and that she will wait. In her eyes he has the ability to destroy all evil in her life and chase out the devil. Not only that but she would no longer have need for a faith or religion because he would instead be held up as her God. She aggrandizes this unknown subject as being so mystical that “[she] dreamed that he bewitched her into bed” as if like a young girl as she is deflowered. The speaker knows that he had mesmerized or cast a spell over her as she imagines him. Completely under his spell the speaker can’t think of him other than being something holier and more magical than anything in the world. Enchanted by his spell and after all of her declared everlasting love for her lover, something within the speaker’s tone shifts once she reaches the last stanza of the poem. All throughout the poem the speaker is expressing her deep love and hopeful return of her lover but, after all her proclamations of longing and the need for her to have her lover with her once again, the speaker progresses to a sarcastic annoyance in her tone, directed towards the subject or person who she is declaring her love to. Awoken from her enchantment the speaker finally…
A young girl named Ammie was tired of the heartbreak and lies from those who she thought loved her. She cried every night because she wanted to be loved. One day she finally was fed up with the lies that were being told and the sweet nothings that were being said to her. She decided that she would do exactly what the people did to her, so she became a true bachelorette. Eventually, she became tired, she wanted to be loved again, and she still longed someone to be with. One day Ammie started to…
February 2, 2005
“Finding Humor in Heartache”
“This is not a love song”
While rifling through my entire collection of cd’s, trying to determine which were worthy enough to be put on my new iPod, I came across one that I had not seen in at least 5 years. The cover, decorated so beautifully with little pink flowers and fancy swirling writing, said in big red letters “Jason and Tara: The Wedding Soundtrack.” This cd had been a wedding favor from one of my best friends weddings…
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
BY T. S. ELIOT
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 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…
Much for a Love Song
T.S. Elliot’s, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is not a typical love song. Most love songs show affection through idyllic images and smooth rhythm; however, Prufrock’s song seems to have the opposite. In this poem Prufrock is addressing a woman hoping to mend or begin a relationship; however, his negative outlook on himself and the society around him make this impossible. Because one of the poem’s central themes is Prufrock’s damaged self-image, this love song carries a…
Final Exam Rough Draft
When I first heard the Maddie & Tae song ‘Girl in a Country Song’ I instantly fell in love. I have never heard a song I related to so instantaneously or felt so connected to. I have been a country music fan as long as I can remember; from riding around in my dad’s truck, to the concerts that still make me put my old boots on for today. All these years have went by and I had always noticed that there were far fewer empowering songs for women than…
ENG 102 04
February 18, 2013
The Powerpuff Girls
I started by asking myself, “What is a hero?” My definition of a hero is someone I look up to, someone that motivates me, someone that can save me. But I wanted to see what was the real definition, so I decided to look it up. The dictionary says “A hero is a person, typically a man, who is admired for courage or noble qualities. I also found another definition it states that a hero is a mythological or legendary figure…
May 12, 2013 Carlyle Warren
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" proves that insecurities get in the
way of actions. If someone feels in danger, they will not live but merely exist. If one is scared,
then one will not act, which means one will not move. If one is not moving, one is not living, but
simply existing. Altough we will look into why Prufrock is afraid.
In the beginning, we are introduced to the yellow fog. It behaves…
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is perhaps one of the poet’s earliest major works which was completed in 1910. What can be clearly seen in this poem is that writer used various literary devices such as simile, repetition, imagery and personification in order to put forth a doleful and sad theme to this piece. These literary devices were also effectively used to describe the character loneliness…
Explication of "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
In T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," the author is establishing the trouble the narrator is having dealing with middle age. Prufrock(the narrator) believes that age is a burden and is deeply troubled by it.. His love of some women cannot be because he feels the prime of his life is over. His preoccupation with the passing of time characterizes the fear of aging he has. The poem deals with the aging and fears associated with it of…
fractured and chaotic, especially due to paralysis and alienation in modern society. This newly perceived reality is reflected through techniques of fragmentation in modernist works such as James Joyce’s short story “Araby” and T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, fundamental and far-reaching changes in society often made individuals feel wary and estranged from their surrounding world. These changes included urbanization, technological advancements…