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!

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  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!]

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    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…

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  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!

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    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!

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      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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