How do the poems "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock," "The Wasteland" by T. S. Eliot, and "Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen relate to T. S. Eliot's theory of impersonality? How are these poems "an escape from emotion" and how must a poet refrain from channeling his own emotions into his poems?

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These poems are not so much an escape from or denial of emotion as they are mode of expressing it that is different from that of most poetry written prior to the year 1900.

Eliot, in both "Prufrock" and "The Waste Land," does in fact deal with emotional themes: regret, loss, alienation, embarrassment. But he uses an impersonal style of conveying them. Prufrock is presented as a little man who frets over little things which reveal his self-abasement and, by extension, the disordered and despairing world of the modern age. But Eliot distances himself, personally, from this through the remoteness of the Prufrock persona and the deliberately un-poetic language, as in the famous opening:

Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky,
Like a patient etherized upon a table.

This poem, with its epigraph from Dante and its references to "eating a peach" and women who come and go "talking of Michelangelo," is one of alienation. Similarly, "The Waste Land" is filled with...

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