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After reading these three poems I would say they all have a theme that focuses around society. More specifically views of society from an outsider perspective. In the poem “Disillusionment of 10 o’clock” the poet describes the way that people just live there lives going through the motions. He uses the white night gowns to represent everybody in society and saying there are no colorful ones because everyone is living the same expected life that has no excitement. Then the poet says how even when we are sleeping we still follow “rules” on how we should dress or how we are supposed to look. At the end the poet goes on to explain how the dreams of a “drunken sailor” are more alive and colorful unlike the dreams of everyday people. Obviously society looks down upon people like this but they are living a better more fulfilling life without restraints. In the poem “Anyone lived in pretty how town” it talks about how life goes by and can be forgotten. A specific quote from the poem says “one day anyone died i guess (and noone stooped to kiss his face) busy folk buried them side by side”. this shows how somebody could die and nobody really noticed and just kept going on with there lives. In the poem he is saying how everyone lives somewhat of a similar life, dies, and then eventually are forgotten about while everybody else keeps doing there thing. In the last poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” it is about a man trying to find someone to love but he does not think he is good enough. he thinks he is not good enough because he discusses the “tiers” of society and that he would never be good enough for a high-class woman. These poems are all connected through the way they have a different perspective on society. I find “disillusionment of 10 o’clock” as the most applicable to our society today because I think a lot of people today are to caught up in what they think they should do and not what they want to do. This poem would also be the one I like the most because I like the message it has about society.