in the three poems we read; “disillusionment of ten o’clock”, “anyone lived in a pretty how town”, and “the love song of j. alfred prufrock”, all contained the same underlying theme of sameness in society and our lives. “disillusionment of ten o’clock” does this through its use of the comparison of nightgowns and dreams to symbolize types of people in our society. very literally, those in white, plain, common nightgowns are those who follow the same structured routine everyday, and they don’t dream dreams of baboons or periwinkle, while those in colorful, unique attire symbolize those willing to take different routes in life, and break routine, and as a result they, like the drunk, catch tigers in red weather in their dreams. the author is basically stating that those who keep themselves stuck in the same routine will find themselves stuck and unhappy in their life, while those who veer a different path will find interest and enjoyment in their life, whether it be unconventionally or not.
“anyone lived in a pretty how town” uses generalizing pronouns like “anyone” “no one” and “someone” to represent how despite us all being individuals, we have turned into wanting to be just like everybody else. every descriptor of any individual in this poem is a generalization, and could categorize any group of people, which cummings is using to display the sameness we all display. all of the changes in these people’s lives are displayed by changes in nature or emotion, but not changes in the actual people themselves (ie: sun moon stars rain, these four changes in day and weather are what we use to depict our routine and schedule. summer autumn winter spring // same thing with changes in season like changes in day and weather.) ((also yes i know i type my blogs like e.e. cummings but we’re like 3 weeks out from the end of the school year so really no going back now))
“the love song of j. alfred prufrock” takes the life of a seemingly wealthy man only to reveal that despite the money and the lush life he lives, he feels stuck. the speaker explains how “there will be a time to prepare a face for the faces you meet”, showing that the only way he can live this wealthy life he leads is if he acts like everyone else around him. later, he describes that his life is being measured through coffee spoons, which although that could be taken as a pretty simple statement, like this man just enjoys coffee, it displays how he is stuck in the same schedule every single day, and cannot seem to get out of this way of life. because of those around him, the speaker explains that he was afraid to change his own life and differ from his society, even when the Footman held his coat and snickered. overall, the speaker, regardless of their social status and wealth, is still struggling with being stuck in the sameness in society and day to day life.
although all these poems are relevant because they are trying to carry the same message across, i found that “anyone who lived in a pretty how town” best represents our society and the people in it. personally, i liked “the love song of j. alred prufrock” the most because of the imagery, and it felt as though the speaker was talking to the reader.