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Melancholic Modernism When I had journeyed half of our lifes way I found myself within a shadowed forest for I had lost the path that does not stray Alighieri 1980 p3 Modernism A term referring to the literature and art developed during the early part of the twentieth century beginning with World War I and lasting until World War II It is defined by its rejection of classical literary conventions and traditions of the nineteenth century and by its opposition to morality Bellisario 2005 p132 Scientific rationalization has largely grown in the 20th century This inevitably attracted more people towards humanism and consequently an abandonment of God Eliot begins his poem by alluding to Dantes Inferno specifically he quotes one sinners conversation with Dante If I believed my answer were being made to one who could ever return to the world this flame could shake no more but since if what I hear is true never from this abyss did living men return I answer thee without fear of infamy Eliot tells the reader that he will speak the truth because he neither cares about confrontation nor reputation He can go no further in his life The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock describes a mans frustration towards existentialism in the 20th century Though fictional Prufrock undoubtedly reflects Eliots views The narrator unveils through a dramatic monologue the difficulties and dissatisfaction of life Modern man has discarded traditional values of Christian and classical societies As a result they felt a sense of alienation felt loss and despair and felt that they had no basis for hope - an underlying theme of Eliots ballad The almost frightening portrayal of the you and I in line 7 is ironically speaking to himself as if looking into a mirror and an indication of his solitude Through a careful analysis of imagery diction and syntax in The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock one may conclude that redefined
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