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All three of the poems we read in class focus around society, more specifically society as viewed from an outsider. An objective look at the worlds shortcomings. Prufrock describes his thoughts as he sits around high society. He mentions women discussing art and how he feels unworthy of their time. He also speaks about how we pretend to be a certain way for other people. He writes, “To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet”.Disillusionment at 10 o’clock describes the way people live their lives in a fog. He writes about white nightgowns in comparison with colorful ones in an effort to highlight the mundane. Even when we are sleeping we follow certain rules about how we should dress or look. By living an uninspired life we are not truthfully living. He goes on to explain how the dreams of a “drunken sailor” may be more vivid and alive  than the everyday person. Even though society looks down upon such people. these are the people who are uninhibited by the everyday. Anyone lived in a pretty  town, talks about how life can pass us by and be forgotten. One line that specifically exemplifies this mentions the death of the “anyone”  “one day anyone died i guess(and no one stooped to kiss his face)…busy folk buried them side by side…little by little and was by was”. The use of the pronouns “someone” and “anyone” are vital to the meaning of the poem. He speaks of a nameless town and by using these pronouns he further expressing this lack of identity. This poem is about no one and everyone at the same time. Most people live a similar experience of everyday life, die , and then are forgotten as the same life they used to live continues for someone else. He writes, “Women and men(both dong and ding)…summer autumn winter spring…reaped their sowing and went their came..sun moon stars rain” The statement “reaped their sowing and went their came” experience what we create then die. Our lives will come and go regardless of who we are and others will continue on. All of these poems comment on the realities of life in a more objective manner than most literature. These authors are able to separate themselves and look at the world around them for what it really is. 


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