ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Creative Writing--T.S. Eliot The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock--Obituary of No Consequence?

Updated on July 12, 2012

Intro

While taking Literature, my Professor loved to challenge her students. One of our assignments was to write a newspaper obituary for J. Alfred Prufrock based on T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."

We had to draw from quotes from the poem, hence the page numbers. The Bibliography will be posted at the end of this article.

I hope you enjoy reading the obituary I wrote, titled "Obituary of No Consequence?"

Obituary of No Consequence?

J. Alfred Prufrock, age 90, of 666 Inferno Place, Florence, Italy was found dead in his home. Born in 9 Good Friday Road on September 9, 1602 (at the end of the Italian Renaissance) he spent his life as a consultant to others. Described by those he worked for as, “…an attendant lord….Advise the prince…glad to be of use…Politic, cautious, and meticulous….but a bit obtuse.” (1219)

Very few had known him yet he was often seen walking through the courtyard of the Palazzo Vecchio (town hall in Florence and where the original statue of David stood) staring briefly at Michelangelo’s statue of David—a marble statue of the biblical hero David, nude and in male perfection. “In the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo.” (1218) Unlike Michelangelo’s David, J.Alfred Prufrock, described by onlookers, had a “bald spot in the middle of hair…necktie rich and modest…coat… collar mounting firmly to the chin…his arms and legs are thin!” (1218)

Sadly, from what information this paper was given—which was very little, he lived in a self hell. Like Dante, he traveled to through the final gate, the ninth gate—the gate of hopelessness where one cannot travel back to the plane of the living. One woman told us that often he would look at her from afar in a seemingly heavy thought, yet never approached her. “Do I dare?...Beneath the music from a further room….have known them all….when I am pinned and wriggling on the wall….have known the arms already, known them all—Arms that are braceleted and white and bare..” (1218) “….And in short I was afraid.” (1219) Perhaps he thought that there would be more time. “And indeed there will be time.”

Survived only by his thoughts and wretchedly, he truly never lived life. And although it is not customary for this paper to spend time to find out about a person that was of no consequence the Editors decided that this obituary could serve as a community service, to let the readers know life is short (regardless of age) and life should be lived to the fullest. Readers should live life like an obituary that other readers can read stating in short “that person truly lived life.” With that said, perhaps J.Alfred Prufrock of sorts served a purpose, a sort of “Lazarus, come from the dead,” (1219) to warn others not to live the sort of life he did—take chances, do not fear, and know there may not always be time, so live in the moment.

Bibliography

Eliot, T.S. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." Meyer, Michael. The Bedford Introduction to Literature. Boston: St Martin/Bedford, 2011. 1216-1220.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      IntegrityYes 

      6 years ago

      I voted up for sure.

    • Patty Kenyon profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      @billybuc, Wow THANKS!!!!! I enjoy reading your work as well!!!

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are a writing machine! You remind me of me when I first started out....and I have just kept up the pace for six months now. It's enjoyable reading your work; you have a good future ahead of you on HubPages.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)