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HOW DOES ELIOT'S INNOVATIVE USE OF IMAGES, LANGUAGE AND POETIC FORM HELP CONVEY HIS VIEWS ON MODERN SOCIETY. In most of Eliot's poetry he portra

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HOW DOES ELIOT'S INNOVATIVE USE OF IMAGES, LANGUAGE AND POETIC FORM HELP CONVEY HIS VIEWS ON MODERN SOCIETY. In most of Eliot's poetry he portrays and questions the nature of modern urban life and the dependence on routine. He sees modern society as a world that is sordid, corrupt and mechanical. These views are presented through various literary techniques. As E. B Pinion comments: "The deliberate disconnection of their imagery helps to emphasise the meaningless...of life" as seen in Preludes. Preludes is a series of pictures of modern city life, dwelling on the lives of squalor and routines. It is concerned with the alienation of the urban masses and many different techniques are used to make the concern resonate. Eliot uses imagery, metaphor, rhythm and sound patterns to reveal people who are caught in the boring and inane rituals of walking. Eliot uses innovation by employing the use of isolated lines, personification, sibilance, synecdoche, to emphasise his imagery and make the destruction and decay of modern society more apparent. The sound patterns embedded in the poetry demonstrate the sheer extent of automation and empty lives that people lead, as the people loose their souls and are reduced to "hands" and "feet". ...read more.

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Just as Guido is imprisoned in a flame, Prufrock's inner self is imprisoned in a world where he cannot tell of his feelings and desires. He cannot communicate with the women. The inclusion of the epigraph is effective in portraying Eliot's view on modern society through the eyes of the persona. This is another innovative way that Eliot uses poetic form, language and imagery to convey his views. "Do I dare disturb the universe?" Eliot also uses questions to demonstrate the uncertainty of Prufrock himself, posing questions as a means to escape having to act with courage. The use of questions is an innovative device within the form that shows him posing questions. This also acts as a parallel for modern society. The people like Prufrock are indecisive and reluctant to act. Prufrock wants to know the meaning of life but is feardul of any explanation that might also destroy the ideal. He is not moving forward instead he likens himself to a "crab". This gives an insight into the persona because a crab moves sideways and is very indecisive. Prufrock like society is not moving forward, and has no purpose. ...read more.

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I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled..." makes the tragedy more complete showing more than anywhere in the poem, the persona fully comprehending his alienated situation. This also demonstrates the loneliness of every person and their fears of death and growing old. The change in form from 'I' to 'We' in the last stanza is Eliot's way of suggesting that perhaps Prufrock is not alone in his failure to live out his desires. Eliot thinks that society has become mechanical and spiritually empty. The people who live in this modern society are leading lives that are meaningless and unfulfilling. Eliot is successful in creating through his poems a truly powerful portrait of the drab lives we lead in our dreary modern cities where people work and live their whole lives in a mechanical, almost robot-like fashion. Eliot employs the use innovative literary techniques like metaphors, rhythm and personification to demonstrate how empty our lives are. Eliot is innovative because he presents meaning through form and structure. We understand his views on the empty modern society by the ways in which he incorporates synecdoche, repetition, isolation of words, questions, and the use of the persona. All these methods help to portray images of a decaying, mechanical society. ?? ?? ?? ?? ARNOLDA SHIUNDU ...read more.

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