. Eliot is said to be one of the most influential modernist poets of our time. His poetry, although very complex is the subject of literary classes and discussions around the world. His poems “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” and “The Waste Land” are not only alike in his literary style, but also share the same theme of unsuccessful male and female relationships. Eliot experienced a very unsuccessful relationship with the opposite sex when he was married to a drug-addicted mental patient for several years. In each poem Eliot makes a special point to show unsuccessful male-female relationships as an important theme. He does this in both poems to show how utterly isolated people are in the twentieth century. Eliot uses these poems to explain that there are not true relationships based on love in modern society, but only unsuccessful relationships based on immoral values.
The entire poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” deals with one man’s total inability to be a part of any successful relationship with the opposite sex. Eliot portrays Prufroc... Read Full Essay Click the button above to view the complete essay, speech, term paper, or research paper
Typically, Eliot first published his poems individually in periodicals or in small books or pamphlets, and then collected them in books. His first collection was Prufrock and Other Observations (1917). In 1920, he published more poems in Ara Vos Prec (London) and Poems: 1920 (New York). These had the same poems (in a different order) except that "Ode" in the British edition was replaced with "Hysteria" in the American edition. In 1925, he collected The Waste Land and the poems in Prufrock and Poems into one volume and added The Hollow Men to form Poems: 1909–1925 . From then on, he updated this work as Collected Poems . Exceptions are Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939), a collection of light verse; Poems Written in Early Youth , posthumously published in 1967 and consisting mainly of poems published between 1907 and 1910 in The Harvard Advocate , and Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909–1917 , material Eliot never intended to have published, which appeared posthumously in 1997.