The Modernist Struggle: Allusions, Images, and Emotions in T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock

"Hey, Al. Change your part and get on with your life." After a series of close reading activities that focus on modernist elements in T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," individuals are asked to adopt the point of view of a mental health professional and e-mail Prufrock suggestions for how to improve his state of mind.

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CCSS: Designed
Pros

  • Information about modernist literature is provided on the handouts
Cons

  • Younger and/or less experienced readers may have difficulty identifying with Prufrock's emotions and thus, with the writing assignment
  • Some learners may not see the connections among the activities and the writing assignment