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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: by TS Eliot: Recited from memory by: Dr. Rafey Habib

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Published on Feb 22, 2009

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: by TS Eliot: Recited from memory by: Dr. Rafey Habib

Filmed by: Chris Barrett
Special Thanks: Elizabeth Licorish


The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is the 1915 poem (The first publication in Britain is 1917) that marked the start of T. S. Eliot's career as one of the twentieth century's most influential poets. The poem, also referred to simply as Prufrock, is one of the most anthologized 20th century poems in the English language. The poem takes the form of a dramatic monologue, and uses the "stream of consciousness" literary technique.

Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM (26 September 1888 4 January 1965), was a poet, dramatist, and literary critic. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Among his most famous writings are the poems The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday and Four Quartets; the plays Murder in the Cathedral and The Cocktail Party; and the essay "Tradition and the Individual Talent".

Eliot was born in the United States, moved to the United Kingdom in 1914 (at age 25), and became a British subject in 1927 at the age of 39. Of his nationality and its role in his work, Eliot said: "[My poetry] wouldnt be what it is if Id been born in England, and it wouldnt be what it is if Id stayed in America. Its a combination of things. But in its sources, in its emotional springs, it comes from America.

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