The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock and the Shell-Shocked Soldier

T.S. Eliot’s poem, the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is part of the modernist movement that emerged in Britain and to some degree the United States following the era of World War I. The Great War had a considerable impact on the consciousness of young writers, many of who served during the war. In Europe there madness of war led to the realization of the medical diagnosis “shell-shock” associated with prolonged exposure to conflict and helped foster an interest in exploring psychology through writing technique. Eliot’s narrative style in the poem, thrusts the audience straight into the middle of … Continue reading The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock and the Shell-Shocked Soldier

Song of Myself

In Song of Myself I felt Whitman’s authorial voice was reminiscent of a bard or even Homer-esque. He engages with the audience verbally, but is at the same time consciously creating a visual story through word choice and specificity of description. In the poem he repeatedly asks questions of the audiences, “Have you practis’d so long to learn to read? / Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?” that illicit memories that are primal in almost everyone. He engages the reader by pulling descriptions almost out of our memories. He invites the reader to go on … Continue reading Song of Myself

American Idiot

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/greenday/americanidiot.html Lyrics Don’t wanna be an American idiot. Don’t want a nation under the new mania And can you hear the sound of hysteria? The subliminal mind fuck America. Welcome to a new kind of tension. All across the alienation. Where everything isn’t meant to be okay. Television dreams of tomorrow. We’re not the ones who’re meant to follow. For that’s enough to argue. Well maybe I’m the faggot America. I’m not a part of a redneck agenda. Now everybody do the propaganda. And sing along to the age of paranoia. Welcome to a new kind of tension. All across … Continue reading American Idiot