Just when you think it’s over it comes back almost as worse as it was, A.K.A poetry – Blog 21

Just as I thought I had escaped the clutches of confusing and seemingly overly complicated poetry, we are given these 3 pieces of work. These three works are all connected by then main overarching theme of social acceptance and social norms, but they also have their own smaller and more unique themes that are elaborated upon. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’s theme is the unfairness and often saddening realities that are the social ladders of early 1900’s society, when this poem was written. The poem develops this along the entirety of the poem, by telling the sad story of J.Alfred Prufrock, a servant to a rich family who wishes to speak to a woman of higher social status, but is unable to because he fears the backlash from social difference. The saddest part is that he comes to terms with that right off the bat, without any differentiating thought. The theme of Disillusionment of 10 o’clock is the stupid and self-depricating action of conformity. The poem goes about building this by calling the people who do this nothing more than ghosts who go to bed every night and dream of nothing of worth or value, and describes the common drunken sailor passed out on deck as the real person of worth, as they are having a dream that is more worth while than the conformist’s lives will ever be. The theme of anyone lived in a pretty how town is to be more than just what everyone else is. A boy lives in a town that isn’t different from any other, and anyone else could be in his position and have nothing change, iterating the fact that society is losing it’s sense of individuality for the sake of fitting in. And when the boy and girl die, they are just another couple the exit existance without an impact. Of the three poems, I would say that I enjoyed Disillusionment of 10 o’clock the most. It was short and conveyed its message in a way thyat I thought was interesting, and I also find it very comical that a drunken sailor has more worth than society’s elite.

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