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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock | T.S. Eliot
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One of T.S. Eliots earliest, and most significant works. A great achievement of modernist literature, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock takes the form of the complex musings of the titular Prufrock as he considers life and his role in it. The poem draws heavily on allusion to classical works, including Dantes Divine Comedy and Shakespeares Hamlet. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.
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“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”

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And last, but never least, the tea I'll need to get through all these books. 😋

Beatlefan129 I love Celestial Seasonings. Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride is one of my favorites! 10mo
LeslieO I just got this tea (the butter beer) Haven‘t tried it yet but it smells yummy. (edited) 10mo
BookBabe That butter beer tea looks intriguing! 10mo
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jmtrivera @LeslieO @BookBabe It's delicious. It has butterscotch chips in it so it's a bit sweet. My friends and I call it "dessert tea." So yummy. 10mo
jmtrivera @Beatlefan129 I smelled it and got hungry! It smells delicious! 10mo
readordierachel Love the mug! 10mo
jmtrivera @readordierachel It's lovely. I'm having a giant cup of tea in it tonight. 😁 10mo
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Love this illustrated little book from @Obviousstate that I got myself for Christmas 💕

elyseh This is so cute! 10mo
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Maybe an obvious choice, but @Cathythoughts reminds me with her posts of how much I love Eliot ❤️ This is one of my favourites.

#sea #PoetryMatters @LazyDays

Cathythoughts I love this too ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
batsy @Cathythoughts ❤️❤️ 12mo
Lcsmcat Perfect! 12mo
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readordierachel Such a great poem 🧡 12mo
batsy @Lcsmcat @ReadOrDieRachel Thanks; this poem always gets to me 💜 12mo
batsy @readordierachel Love your new profile pic, btw 🙂 12mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks 😊 12mo
Nute Be still my heart! A favorite FAVORITE poem. It is a perfect choice for any prompt that it fits. Thanks for putting it before my eyes today. You made me so happy! 12mo
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batsy @Nute It's my pleasure! I'm glad to hear that; it's how I feel when people post my fave poems/poets ❤️ And you're right, this is one of those poems that keep giving :) 12mo
batsy @kathedron ❤️ 12mo
Centique This is possibly my favourite poem of all time. Although ED is putting on her boxing gloves and ready to fight for that honour. 😂 Before I came to Litsy I thought I was the only fan, but now I‘ve met “my people” and there‘s so much love for this! 😍 (edited) 12mo
batsy @Centique I know, right ❤️ I'm so happy to meet more fans; felt the same in the BL era (Before Litsy 😁) 12mo
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#love #gratitude30 A great love story (among other things) is in this wonderful book

Gryffleclaw95 I can‘t wait to read my copy of it! 12mo
Eggs Do not delay! Read right away! @Gryffleclaw95 12mo
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“The yellow #fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes
The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes
Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening
Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains
Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys
Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap
And seeing that it was a soft October night
Curled once about the house, and fell asleep”

#LitsyClassics @Sarah83 #PoetryMatters @LazyDays

readordierachel Love this poem 💛 13mo
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This was the Obvious State August Blind Date (I‘m posting without spoilers because the original one sold out, but they added a few more due all the social media coverage and I snagged one).

You get 2 copies of the poem booklet, an art print, 2 mini notebooks, bookmark, pencil, and lollipop. I love their graphics! 🖤I ordered their Cool Poe/Cat mug too (and they threw in some more pretty bookmarks). I‘ve ordered Sept too. #ObviousState

CoffeeCatsBooks Thanks @Bookgirl for your original post on Obvious State. 14mo
Bookgirl Isn‘t all of it great?? Although my sucker was smashed to bits 😆 14mo
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THANK YOU @catebutler for the post about Obvious State and their “Love Song” book mail. I ordered a package and it arrived today. I love everything about all of it! I‘m designing a literary tattoo with lines from this, my fav poem...I may incorporate some of these gorgeous drawings! This is why I love Litsy - not only do I get great book recos but I learn about opportunities like reviewing for Net Galley and fun lit treasures! #littensarethebest

catebutler Yay! I‘m so glad you were able to order one. It‘s so perfect!! 1y
CoffeeCatsBooks Lol, well after seeing your post I ordered the August and September ones (plus, a super cool Poe/Cat mug). Litsy is so dangerous for my bank account 😂 1y
Bookgirl @catebutler it is! I just love the book. @CoffeeCatsBooks that‘s great! I will definitely be checking back to see what September is...and October...and Nov.....and...🤣 1y
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Happy mail day indeed, when the Blind Date with @Obviousstate shows up in the mail! I love that they‘ve reimagined T. S. Eliot‘s “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock”, with their gorgeous literary illustrations. I recently came across a mention of this poem in my readings, and jotted it down to check out. So this is perfect timing. I‘m planning on savouring this lovely petite book with a cheeky cup of tea later this morning. Are you a poetry lover?

Bookgirl I need these. This is my favorite poem and has stayed in that spot for over 20 years. It‘s mesmerizing and I think of lines from it all the time. 1y
catebutler @Bookgirl It is such a lovely package and the book is so well done. Definitely see if they still have some in stock, especially since this is our favorite poem. I can see why - it is beautiful! 1y
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Look what a lovely surprise came in the mail for me today from my husband! Obvious State is doing a new “blind date” project, with specially illustrated editions of short classics and lots of accompanying goodies. 🖤

DivineDiana So thoughtful! ❤️ 1y
Heideschrampf I love this! 1y
scripturient Love it! And it‘s one of my favourite poems. 😍 1y
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Cathythoughts My favorite of all time ... because it‘s brilliant & because it was a party piece growing up ❤️💔so many memories of this poem ... and still today. To think he wrote it so young... and it makes more & more sense to me the older I get ... 💫💫💫 1y
saresmoore @scripturient Can you believe I‘d never read it?! It‘s really neat with the graphic illustrations & design they did. 1y
saresmoore @Cathythoughts Oh, I love that! 1y
Moray_Reads What a wonderful selection of items (and, once again, an exceptional husband! Serious kudos) 1y
Simona Beautiful❣️ 1y
kathedron 😍 1y
readordierachel That's so cool! 1y
LeahBergen Ohhhh, lovely! 1y
batsy Well done, Bryan! One of my favourite poems. Everytime I read it I get goosebumps; it creates a certain mood, both sadness and enchantment 🖤 1y
Suet624 He must love you. 💕💕 1y
Centique @Cathythoughts me too! It‘s funny how I thought I was the only one who loved certain books and poems until I came to Litsy and found “my people” 😍😍😍 1y
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"I have heard the mermaids singing , each to each . I do not think that they will sing to me."

T.S.Eliot, The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock

#tseliot #thelovesongofjalfredprufrock

Centique I think this might be my favourite poem of all time 😍😍 2y
CrowCAH Love the graphic and the quote is beautiful! 2y
TheBookKeeper @Centique I love it too 2y
TheBookKeeper @CrowCAH thank you 😊 2y
Bourriquet76 I have loved this since my high school English teacher had us read it. 2y
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The awesomeness continues..

“For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?”
#beautifulwriting #readingresolutions @Jess7 #posterlove #print #poetry

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"Do I dare
Disturb the universe?"

peacegypsy I love your photos! Fascinating! 😊 2y
Heideschrampf @peacegypsy thank you 🙈😘 2y
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Prufrock is my absolute favorite poem and written by one of my favorite writers. T.S. Eliot, is from my hometown, St Louis, and I love the cat allusions like in this passage. Eliot has said there was an alleycat by his house and these passages in Prufrock are based upon his memory of that cat. A friend of my mom‘s owned the St Louis house where Eliot grew up and it is super freaking cool to see that same alley and almost see the cat still there.

tpixie Great story- the real life part! Haven‘t read the poem yet! 2y
DebBates101 @tpixie ty! Next time I am in that area I will take a pic of the house. You should read the poem-let me know what u think 2y
rachelk I read this in college (a very long time ago) I think I may need to read again.🤔 2y
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DebBates101 @rachelk You need to! I first read it in high school and i read it frequently but it resonates more and more the older I get. Let me know if you experience the same thing 2y
rachelk I will! I tend to see things differently than I did when I was younger, so it will be interesting. 2y
DebBates101 @rachelk absolutely. And the theme of the poem—the insecurities of aging—makes it much more relatable 2y
rachelk I have read and listened to it again and it completely floors me now in a way it didn‘t before. I think this is my favorite poem too. 2y
DebBates101 @rachelk Im so glad you went back to it! Make it a point to read it at least once a year-I do so around my birthday. 2y
rachelk That‘s a great idea! 2y
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Oh the hundred visions and revisions! I know it well. 🙄
Cartoon by Julian Peters. Complete Illustrated version available at JulianPeterscomics.com
#tea #quotsydec17 @TK-421

Cathythoughts Brilliant, love this 💫💕💕 2y
batsy Just had a glance at the site... His poetry comics are great! Thanks for sharing. 2y
ReadingEnvy I love this poem 🥄🥄🥄 2y
twohectobooks This was the first quote I thought of! This is one of my favourite poems. 2y
vivastory Forget The Wasteland, Love Song is Elliot's masterpiece! 2y
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Poetry March Madness bracket at my daughter's showcase today. This was my winner--a favorite since I was her age. (Whitman's "O Captain My Captain" was a very close second.)

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Rainy days make me want to curl up with all the books I disliked reading in college. I guess appreciation for classics is something that comes with age ... or maybe wisdom? #thelovesongofjalfredprufrock #tselliot #poetry #quoteoftheday

IamIamIam I remember J. Alfred from high school! My friend very loudly and frequently would complain about him as much as I'd complain about how Bartelby the scrivener was the worst employee ever! 😂 2y
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C'mon now - that is frigging BRILLIANT! Eliot was kind of the original hipster, writing poetry about an alienated guy frustrated with routine life, dreaming big, with no plan of action. He even references cuffing his pants and doing his hair a certain way to look cooler. Hipster, in the best possible way. He did something that was new at the time, and he did it brilliantly. But I thought that before it was cool. You probably haven't heard of it.

merelybookish I love this poem. I tried (and failed) to memorize it once. but so many great lines! 3y
kirstyreads My number one favourite poem! 3y
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These are some of my new favorite lines in poetry.

BarbaraJean This is one of my favorite poems! 3y
saresmoore I love this one. Here's one of my favorite Etsy shops with the final line quoted: https://www.etsy.com/listing/230250317/ts-eliot-coffee-mug-ceramic-mug-literary?... 3y
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I saw @DebinHawaii 's bookmark and had to go re-read this. I can still recite the first few stanzas, but I never memorized the whole thing. The part about the mermaids was referenced in a book I read once when I was young, and I loved it, so it blew my mind when I finally read this poem. Now every time I read that line, I get the same feeling that book gave me. I wish I could remember what it was!

DebinHawaii Love!!! 💜💜💜 3y
katedensen One of my favorite poems of all time. 3y
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Bonus peach post for #augustphotochallenge

Merethebookgal Perfect 3y
rachelm A+ 3y
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Teaching Eliot's 'Prufrock' and Joyce's 'Eveline' in my Survey of British Literature class today. Let's see what the students think of Modernism. :)

kammartinez Goodness, but I do love Eliot's Prufrock :). Have you heard Tom Hiddleston read it? I think you can find a portion of his reading on YouTube, and it is lovely :). 3y
Heideschrampf Yes! Give them the hiddleston version! You'll have their attention for sure 😜 3y
Mayread And then move on the Cumberbatch reading the wasteland. But just for you at home. He should read all of the books. 3y
Dragon I like to rereadThe Wasteland in April 3y
Vexingcircumstance I hated this poem when I had to read it for a lit assignment. Actually I hated almost every poem I was assigned in that class. That teacher and I had very different taste. 3y
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My fun new shirt with text by my favorite poet from Litographs. Amazing customer service - separately sent me 4 shirts at their expense until finally got size right. Can't wait to wear it!

Graciouswarriorprincess I love my shirts! Great company! 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I have Notes From the Underground - such a great company!! 3y
Merethebookgal Do I dare eat a peach? 😉 Love it! 3y
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do I dare
disturb the universe?
in a minute there is time
for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse

Obviousstate Nice! 3y
The.Blonde.Bookworm So pretty! 3y
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I've mentioned this elsewhere a ton today, but I just discovered this poem and got hung up on it. I don't actually know how much Eliot I've read, either

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