*OPTIONAL* Essay – Prufrock Character Analysis

Over the past two weeks, we have

  • read “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock,”
  • discussed it in depth and offered varying interpretations,
  • conducted preliminary research into his character,
  • drawn pictures of Prufrock,
  • written and acted in mini-dramas to offer his character advice,
  • answered CRQs and LAQs about the poem,
  • listened to the author himself read the poem aloud, and
  • taken a test over the poem.

 In short, you are all packed to the gills with information and ideas about Prufrock!  All that remains is to write the character analysis essay we originally did the aforementioned research for. 


Your essay must be no fewer than 5 paragraphs long. In addition to the intro and conclusion – which should be solidly written, as we have discussed strategies for this in the past – you will write one paragraph each on three of the following five topics: 

  • What Prufrock does with his time
  • What Prufrock thinks/feels about himself
  • What Prufrock thinks/feels about love
  • What Prufrock thinks/feels about other people
  • What other people would say about Prufrock


The purpose of the essay is to discuss what sort of person Prufrock is. Your introduction will briefly summarize the poem and Prufrock’s situation, then present a strong thesis sentence that indicates the direction your essay will take. Each of your body paragraphs (which at a rough guess should be between 150 – 250 words) will fully discuss one of the above bulleted points, using correctly-cited quotes to support whatever assertions you make. Your conclusion will take your original statement about the sort of person Prufrock is and then generalize to make a statement about how we should live our lives. (Consider what you feel TS Eliot’s purpose was when he wrote this poem.)

 The due date for this essay is Monday, May 7.
It is worth 100 points if done to acceptable standards.


NaPoWriMo WrapUp

You were allowed to write “Free Poems” (on any topic you chose, any form you chose) on the following dates: April 7, 8, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 28 , and 29. (Ideas for poems are available on the next post – scroll down.)

Other dates had specific assignments attached to them. Those assignments (as well as brief directions) follow:

April 1 – “This Is My Book of Poetry”

April 2 – Bio Poem (Google “I Am Poetry”)

April 3 – List Poem (long, rhyming, develops as it goes, comes to an end)

April 4 – Topic: “The Importance of Poetry” (or lack thereof) – consider turning previously written paragraphs into poetry?

April 5 – Noun Verbing (child laughing, cat stalking, etc.)

April 6 – Alphabet Poem (first word starts with “a”, second word starts with “b”, etc.)

April 9 – Acrostic (Use a phrase, not your name)

April 10 – Topic: “Childhood Memory”

April 11 – Countdown Poem (10 syllables, then 9 syllable, then 8, then 7 …)

April 12 – Triolet (Google “triolet poetry”)

April 13 – “Faces” (about the faces you wear)

April 16 – Topic: “Success” or “Failure”

April 17 – Topic: “Questions”

April 23 – Fibonacci Poem (Google “Fibonacci poetry”)

April 24 – Shadorma (Google “shadorma poetry”)

April 27 – Topic: “No One Understands”

April 30 – Topic: “Remember Me” (I will privde the format to follow in class on 4/30)

Your poetry folder is due Tuesday, May 1, and should have 30 poems – one for each day of the month – in order. One hundred fifty points is a pretty big deal to your grade, and it will hurt badly if you choose instead to receive a zero. (To verify what I am saying, I added 150 points to grade of someone who currently has a 70% and his grade became a 79%. I added a zero to his grade and it turned into a 49%. Don’t expect miracles: Write your poems and turn them in on time so I can help, not hurt, you.)

A final note: I will not feel as if you are putting forward any actual effort if you try to turn in numerous days with haiku. If you write several haiku in a day (for example, four haiku about spring, summer, fall, and winter) I think that certainly counts as one day’s poem, but I do not think it is fair (to me or to any other participants) if you hope to count those as four different days’ poems.

Another final note: If, as I read through your folder, I find any poems that have been plagiarized (i.e. copied from the Internet or elsewhere) I will assume that ALL your poems were plagiarized and give you a zero. I do not *want* to do this, which is why I am making sure to advise you of this now, so you have a chance to save yourself that frustration and embarrassment.

A happier final final final note to end on: Writing 30 poems in 30 days is a big deal, and I hope you have benefited from the experience. I realize at times it is hard to sit down and devote oneself to the writing, but sometimes we find out the most interesting things about ourselves when we do what we might not want to do. I hope hope hope you have had a beneficial experience writing poems this month and that you continue doing so throughout your life.