I think the theme of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is love and how they way you look determines how you are treated, but it shouldn’t be like that. It is very clear that he is trying to talk to a girl, but is scared because of who he is. As for the social class part there a couple parts in the story where he feels he will be judged many times. For example, he questions himself on if he should walk in and ask a question, when he asks himself if he should part his hair a certain way, and when he asks if he should eat a peach, since they are messy. The theme for Disillusionment of 10 o’clock is about standing out. The author, Wallace Stephens, points out that the sailor is the only one living, because he is dreaming. The other people aren’t and the author is pointing out that being like the sailor is okay. Lastly, anyone lived in a pretty how town reminds us that eventually we will die and we need to live life to the fullest. In the poem it says that “he sang his didn’t he danced his did…” which I interpret as doing whatever he wanted. They all develop the theme slowly and in a practical way. I think all three poems represent the different things people go to that all stem from one thing which is insecurities. The authors do a good job at slowly developing and then hitting you with the shock of reality.
All three poems are connected in that way. They all have different ways of expressing that we need to accept ourselves and not really care what others think. One takes a harsher more honest route, one makes us feel bad for the guy because he questions everything he does, and another on is just life basically. I find the last poem we read to be the most applicable because we need to learn to not be scared of death and to live to the fullest. The guy and girl lived their best life and that is how it should be. I think we can really use that poem, because we can relate with it being an average town and just going through life. I liked the first poem the best because we can all do good from reading it. We understand because some may be insecure and feel like they are being judged or others could be the ones who are coming off as the ones doing the judging. It may help open people’s eyes.