What Are The Poetic Devices Of The Poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock?

What Are The Poetic Devices Of The Poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock?

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    1. Personification: Eliot employed a personification technique, which is the application of feelings to inanimate objects. In the poem, he personified trees and other things. The trees are shown as humans in the line “the tree waved as I walked by,” and they wave at him. Also, he represented “Yellow fog” as a dog or cat that lurks nearby.
    2. Metaphor: The poem uses a variety of metaphors. “Hollywood” refers to the entertainment industry. The analogies for the government during that time include “the man” and “Washington.”

    3. Simile: A simile is a literary device that compares two distinct things in order to clarify meaning by contrasting their qualities. One of the similes used in the poem is “the streets that follow like a tedious argument.” Perhaps the narrator heard what appeared to be an altercation between the individuals or a throng across the street. The second example compares the evening to death: “While streets the evening is spread out against the sky, Like a patient etherized upon a table…”

    4. Irony: Irony is a figure of speech that presents the issue under discussion with its opposing meanings. In the poem, Prufrock believes he has a lot of time, but he is actually running out of time.

    5. Epigraph: It describes a phrase, declaration, or poetry that appears at the start of a document before the poem or literary work itself starts. An excerpt from Dante’s “Inferno” has been utilized by Eliot before the poem itself.

    6. Alliteration: Alliteration is the repetition of the same consonant sounds inside the same lines, as in “fix you in a formulated phrase,” which uses the /f/ sound.



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