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Analysis and comments on Portrait of a Lady by T.S. Eliot

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Comment 9 of 69, added on February 12th, 2012 at 4:31 AM.

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Comment 8 of 69, added on June 27th, 2010 at 8:07 AM.
Its about...

The poem 'portrays' the trivial difference between two distinct social
classes; higher class, and lower class, with age differences. The older,
higher class woman attempts to reattain youth through the other, but cannot
because youth cannot transfer, but rather psychologically influence her
until she accepts mortality. The younger, middle class man attempts to
attain social standing through the other, but cannot because it is a
nurtured/upbringing based quality, as well as hereditary, but the material
wealth will rub on/off eventually. We can see either of these during the
lilacs (start of part 2), where she holds a symbol of blooming youth, a
flower; she attempts to hold on to the youth, but although it flows, it
does not flow to her. It is also seen in the 4th stanza (7th overall),
where she and he more directly infer, "To give you, what can you recieve
from me?", refering to the attempt to exchange youth and social class.

Widjaja from Australia
Comment 7 of 69, added on May 7th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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drop elderly smile remind conservative material assessment assembly
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Comment 6 of 69, added on February 25th, 2010 at 10:42 PM.

We are doing this poem now. I don't get it?

sarah from Australia
Comment 5 of 69, added on January 25th, 2010 at 10:01 AM.
comment on the poem

There is a contrast between innerself and outer appearance, the man seeks
to use the lady to furthur his own sexual desires or pursuits his own
interests throught the lady's position in the society as there is evidence
that prove that she is from a higjher class because the repition of the
ritual of tea drinking which was a luxury sought and revered by the upper
class.on the surface we realise that he wants to get rid of the lady
nevertheless from insight he is filled with guilt and such a tussel between
waring emotions is inherent in the epigragh itself.
there is a lot of emphasis on hazy environment especially the starting
lines of the poem is entirely anti romantic which shows the lack of
interest and understanding among the people who are apparently in love with
each other.

hadia from Pakistan
Comment 4 of 69, added on September 20th, 2009 at 3:10 AM.

Portrait of a Lady is one of Eliot's really good poems (personally I like
ĎThe Hollow Mení better).
The conflict of the male and how he feels is so interesting (itís a really
good poem for a psychoanalytic reading and a feminist reading). What Eliot
feels and how he thinks of society is shown through the triviality of the
woman and her words and the two-facedness of the male, how he has used the
woman and is now running away (although he does feel guilty). The
hollowness of their relationship in which the woman relies so much upon is
really sad. She wants youth so must cling onto this man who does not enjoy
her presence.
It is good to see how Eliot saw society back then. Itís really interesting
although all the allusions are horrible when you don't know what theyíre

Shelley from Australia
Comment 3 of 69, added on May 11th, 2008 at 10:25 AM.

Generally this poem reminds me of the rest of T.S Eliots stuff. Generally
rather dull and depressing, despite this i like the use of futuristic
robots and nucular bombs. Its these elements of the poem at really liven it
up and make it an acadamy award winner

Josh from United Kingdom
Comment 2 of 69, added on June 16th, 2007 at 10:59 PM.

This poem i think is really good. However i find it hard to analyse it. The
way that it goes about saying things is slightly confusing. I really like
the character of the man in this peom. And how he doesnt listen. I love how
the theme of materialism is conveyed through her talking and his thinking!

mimi from Australia
Comment 1 of 69, added on April 7th, 2006 at 8:21 AM.

i like the title of this poem and i would read it if it was shorter

sam from United States

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Information about Portrait of a Lady

Poet: T.S. Eliot
Poem: 2. Portrait of a Lady
Volume: Prufrock and Other Observations
Year: 1917
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Mar 3 2004

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