the following essay on "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock." You will
find that while the author is amusing and entertaining, he also presents
insight and revealing explanations for how the poem works. Note the
technique he uses of setting up question and answer between an officer
and a sailor, similar to the dialogs of Plato and Socrates. After
studying how Robert Sward presents this analysis of "Prufrock," your
assignment is to select a poem, either one we've read as a class or
another you have found yourself, and imitate Sward's style of analysis.
Be sure you make it clear in your dialog and narrative what problems of
analysis the poem presents and what techniques the author uses to
reveal thematic ideas.