Wednesday Doodle – The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock – Eliot

BLOH1249I fully admit this one started as a doodle during a work meeting and then I kept working on it, having a good time blending the graphite on the matte photo paper that I rescued from the recycling bin a while back. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot is one of my favorite classic poems, one I return to again and again (you can see a very early illustration attempt of mine here!). My goal has been to pair the poem with more abstract and non-narrative imagery, but for a much more literal (and superbly executed) illustrated version of the poem, I highly recommend Mr. Julian Peters’ comic. You can read the whole poem here. Have a lovely Wednesday!


  1. Prufrock is one of my favorites too!

    [Totally unrelated: thank you for your kind words on the passing of my cat Hildi. Whose name I invented in reference to H.D. (aka, Hilda Doolittle), the modernist poet. Hildi’s littermate and best bud was named Eliot, after T.S. So…maybe not a TOTALLY unrelated note, after all!]


    1. Dear Alice – you are so welcome. I keep that Sandburg poem in a picture frame alongside a picture of my beloved departed cat, Frank. I love your cats’ names, and they are historically accurate too – H.D., Frost, Eliot, and WCW were all born within a few years of each other! (I’ve always had a dream to name my cats after great literary figures – but I’ve adopted my last few cats as adults with names already attached!).

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    1. Thank you so much! I love mola mola – they have such expressive faces! Despite being the heaviest bony fish, they are apparently gentle giants. I’ve really enjoyed working in graphite – I’d love to read the article you mention.

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      1. I’ve heard so much about them – I’d love to see one “live” one day! The article was in a German magazine called “flow” – let me check later on if some of the links to read more about the topic would be in English and I’ll keep you posted…


  2. Haven’t read this poem in years….as the old Bob Hope saying goes, “Thanks for the memories.” Drawing is excellent and like a cameo miniature carried in one’s locket to bring to mind that which one holds dear. And I did love this poem and its many nuances.
    Happy holidays my friend! So glad to have this space with you!


    1. Thank you so much, Lillian! I love the idea of this being a cameo – especially in connection with the “Love Song”. I hope you had a wonderful holiday season! I am always appreciative of your visits and comments – may 2016 be filled with much art, poetry, and community!

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    1. Thank you, Claudia! As a molecular biology major, I was subjected to far less Eliot in college than you were 😉 I imagine it is like a song they overplay on the radio, it is a relief when they stop!


      1. Yes. There was a whole class you could take on The Waste Land. (I didn’t). But he popped up everywhere. I think it really did him in for me – overexposure is the right word! Maybe now, though, I’d feel differently, I might need to look into his work again…


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