T.S Eliot

('Journey of the Magi' and 'The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock')

In the 20th century a modernist poet named T.S Eliot wrote the poems 'The Journey of the Magi' and 'The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock'. There are many different ways in which these two poems are similar as there are many language features and techniques used throughout these two poems that elaborate the similarity of the 'The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock' and 'The Journey of the Magi'.

Throughout both of these poems there is a sense of misery and a sense of death-in-life.   It appears in 'The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock' as if Prufrock sees all women as unattainable because of the ways he pities himself each and every day and in 'The Journey of the Magi', the man feels that he is still part of his old life and feels that he is lost in that past of “silken girls bringing sherbet” and oppressed by a birth of his new life that was “Hard and bitter agony”.

These two poems both use symbolism to evoke the environment in the poems so that the reader can imagine and become a part of the world they are living. For example in the second stanza in the forth line that reads the “three trees” in 'The Journey of the Magi' symbolise the crucifixion of Jesus and the two criminals beside him that evoke the willingness of being forgiven and to move on in life even if that means that there will be no life at all. An example in 'The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock' of symbolism emphasising the environment or outdoor imagery are seen as he speaks of fog, smoke and streets. In the third stanza of the first two lines “The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes” and “The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes” represent things that Prufrock longs to have but cannot have and especially with the example of smoke, you cannot hold smoke or contain it and smoke can definitely not be captured for ourselves, so smoke can be used as an example of   women in   Prufrock's world as...