The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Questions and Answers
by T. S. Eliot

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Why is T.S. Eliot worthy of critical study?  What makes him worthy of critical study in the future? Refer to two of his poems.

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One reason why T.S. Eliot is worthy of critical study is because of the disenchantment expressed in his poems.

There will always be sadness in the world.  Despite its preponderance, we have a tendency to avoid paying attention to it because we avoid what makes us uncomfortable.  The work of T.S. Eliot reminds us that sadness and disenchantment are daily parts of our lives.   The only thing we can do is understand their roles in shaping our identities and world.

In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," Eliot delves into a topic that most would want to avoid.  Eliot focuses on the outsider, the person on the periphery.  The poem's speaker is looking into a world unwilling to accept him. Most would want to be on the inside, and would avoid paying attention to those relegated to the margins. However, Eliot brings this experience to the poem's center.  

The poem's speaker does not command immediate respect from everyone. He is not a Romantic hero who is able to make women swoon upon...

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