Blog 21

The themes of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “Disillusionment of 10 o’clock,” and “anyone lived in a pretty how town” are each different but very similar. Each theme deals with society. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is about a man who is trapped outside of some sort of party because he is not in a high enough social class, and he is criticizing those who are inside for “putting on masks” by pretending to be something that they are not. He is saying how it is wrong for everyone to put up a fake personality and/or attitude because that makes it so that no one is ever happy. “Disillusionment of 10 o’clock” is a poem that tells of a place where everyone does everything the same in order to fit in. They all even dress the same when they are going to bed when no one will see them. They all dream of nothing while the one outcast of the area has dreams of adventure, saying that the only people who will truly enjoy life are the ones who are not bothered by trying to “fit in.” “anyone lived in a pretty how town” is about a man called “anyone” and a woman called “no one” who are intentionally nameless. Not a single person or thing in the town is named, pointing out how individualism is very scarce as everything starts to blend together with everyone trying to be the same. They are all connected by an overlying theme of criticizing society. While each poem is criticizing a slightly different aspect and each one is doing it in a different way, they all criticize society. I think that the most applicable to society today is “Disillusionment of 10 o’clock” because it seems to be the most important. A lot of people today are not actually living life, and are only putting on a show. Since none of them are living life, they do not dream of living life either. Everyone is so busy trying to be the same that they do not even try to enjoy who they are. The only person in the poem that has epic dreams is not respected. I think that “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” was the poem that I hated the least, but only because of the rhyming.

(that’s a picture of George from a while ago because he makes me happy)

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