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Conceptions of Love in Williams’ The Ivy Crown and Eliot’s The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Both Williams’ The Ivy Crown and Eliot’s The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock explicitly address the theme of love, thus joining the long tradition of romantic poetry, where love is a central topic. At the same time, both poets decide to emphasize a certain pain to love. In Williams’ poem this pain ultimately can be overcome, however, in Eliot’s work, love can be said to be unattainable, thus providing a more nihilistic version of love.