I'm new to the listserve but I teach Prufrock to 8th grade boys and they understand it on a basic level. Eliot's views of the modern world, daring to disturb the universe and time - and prufrock's inability to, and the link to adolescence including the issues with women. we have a theme of do i dare disturb the universe in the course and they read lord of the flies as well as the chocolate war and come up with their own personal definition of daring to disturb in response to these three works. I have an ex-student up at andover writing a paper on Homer and the odyssey and comparing it the modern world today and the threat of war.
He wants to use the concept of daring to disturb the universe as a central theme that ties Greek Akhaian values of hospitality, vengeance and fate to modern american values as well as his personal values. Can you help me out at all with Eliot's history, philosophical renderings since i've just started to really research and study eliot. I just started with Prufrock this January. If he quotes eliot at the beginning is there any other background references he can give? quotes, ideas? this is a superior student!