What is the central theme of Eliot's "The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock? What are the meanings of the complicated references and allusions in the poem? How is Prufrock a representative of the modern man? This video will help you understand the complete meaning of the poem, through an in-depth line-by-line explanation in easy language. The lecture is made specially for English Honours students but it will be useful for any reader who wants to understand Eliot's poetry. The written materials provided below will further help students write answers for their exams.
“Preludes” means an introduction. Eliot’s Preludes is not just an introduction to his own poetry, but of an entire generation of poets and philosophers. To study Eliot’s “Preludes,” is to allow oneself the initiation that Eliot found necessary, to understand the more complex network of images which abound his longer poems.