…”Love” poems

I think all of the poems are connected through the theme of society, and the issues they face in regards to love. In “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” the narrator talks about his desire to find love and how it is hindered by societal norms and the ideas of higher class compared to the lower class. He is afraid to talk to women because he believes that he will be rejected because of his social status. In the end, he writes,” We have lingered in the chambers of the sea/ By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown/ Till human voices wake us, and we drown.” This shows his disdain towards the concept of love and the despair he feels.  In “Disillusionment of 10 o’clock” the use of imagery and color (The lack of uniqueness in the nightgowns) makes it seem like a boring world. The theme of loneliness in society shows when the sailor is described. “Only, here and there, an old sailor,/Drunk and asleep in his boots,” The reader feels bad because it seems as if the only time he has happiness is when he’s dreaming. In “anyone lived in a pretty how town” the protagonists are the vague terms anyone and no one. I think the author did this so you could imagine different people in the situation. The poem tells about no one (a female figure) falling in love with anyone (a male figure) but never being able to express this. Anyone dies before no one can confess her love. The fact that you can imagine so many in the positions of no one and anyone goes to show that lives are similar for many people. The author uses the seasons to show time passing (since they are in a different order when they are repeated) and uses the line “stars rain sun moon” to show common things that everyone experiences. My favorite poem was “anyone lived in a pretty how town” because of the rhythm. It flowed very well and I think it was the best “love poem” out of the three we had to read. I think the “Disillusionment of 10 o’clock” is the most applicable though because so many spend time trying to conform instead of enjoying themselves and being happy.

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