The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Between the two availed forms of Eliot’s work The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, it is arguable that the work done in his 60s is much modern compared to the work done in his 20s. from the audio file, the work of his 60s, the narrator speaks in a tone expressing past experiences. He says ‘for I have known the already, known them all …’. The phrase is in its past tense. The phrase tells the reader that the narrator has already been through what he goes ahead to explain ‘the eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase …’. Though both the audio and the written works all begin by an invitation to the reader to accompany the narrator as they visit the scenes, the work done in Eliot’s 20s has a more present personality, and without a voice, fails to give the reader the convincing expression of time.

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In the audio file, the work can be considered more modern, that in the audible voice, the reader can perceive better, the narrator’s current age; ‘I have seen my head (grown slightly bald) brought in a silver platter’. The phrase depicts an old age for the narrator, which then would tell the listener that the narrator is in his old age, and this would translate to the piece being more modern. Besides, the fact that this piece has been put in video form, which was not available in the ancient days says that the piece is more modern.

It would be the conclusion of this essay that the piece was done in the writer’s 60s is more modern than the piece that was written in his 20s, the written part.


Works cited

“T.S. Eliot Reads The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” YouTube, uploaded by tim24frames, 7 Dec. 2011,

Eliot, Thomas Stearns. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Poetry Foundation, n.d., Accessed 30 Apr. 2019.