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When you love someone when you love someone - you'll do anything you'll do all the crazy things that you can't explain you'll shoot the moon - put out the sun when you love someone When you love someone when you love someone - you'll do anything you'll do all the crazy things that you can't explain you'll shoot the moon - put out the sun when you love someone you'll deny the truth - believe a lie there'll be times that you'll believe you can really fly but you're lonely nights - have just begun when you love someone when you love someone - you'll feel it deep inside and nothin else can ever change your mind when you want someone - when you need someone when you love someone...

when you love someone - you'll sacrifice you'd give it everything you got and you won't think twice you'd risk it all - no matter what may come when you love someone you'll shoot the moon - put out the sun when you love someone I Finally Found Someone BA: I finally found someone, who knocks me off my feet; BA: I finally found the one who makes me feel complete...

Barbra: It started over coffee, we started out as friends; Barbra: It's funny how from simple things; the best things begin...

BA: This time is different; Barbra: la la la la BA: It's all because of you!..

BA: It's better than it's ever been; Together: Cuz we can talk it through; Barbra: My favorite line was "Can I call you sometime?"; Barbra: It's all you had to say...

Together: To take my breath away...

Together: This is it! Together: Oh, I finally found someone; Together: Someone to share my life; Together: I finally found the one - to be with every night; Barbra: Cause whatever I do BA: It's just got to be you! Together: My life has just begun, I finally found someone...

BA: Did I keep you waiting? Barbra: I didn't mind BA: I apologize Barbra: Baby, that's fine BA: I would wait forever Together: Just to know you were mine; BA: Ya Know - I love your hair...

Barbra: Are you sure it looks right? BA: I love what you wear...

Barbra: Isn't it too tight? BA: You're exceptional! Together: I can't wait for the rest of my life...

Together: Oh This Is It! Together: I finally found someone; Together: Someone to share my life, Together: I finally found the one; to be with every night...

Barbra: Cause whatever I do BA: It's just got to be you Together: My life has just begun; I finally found someone...

Barbra: And whatever I do.

BA: It's just got to be you! Barbra: My life has just begun...

Together: I finally found someone...

Heaven Oh - thinkin' about all our younger years There was only you and me We were young and wild and free Now nothin' can take you away from me We've been down that road before But that's over now You keep me comin' back for more Chorus Baby you're all that I want When you're lyin' here in my arms I'm findin' it...

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What an interesting essay topic!  Yes, of course I can help you!  Let me do a brief overview for you of New Historicism and follow it up with how it fits with Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and then give you the texts you have asked for (which will be perfect to use as secondary sources). 

If I were you, I would focus mainly on the introduction to a collection of essays written by Veeser.  It's called The New Historicism and was published in 1989.  You can use Veeser's list of ideas to compare them to Eliot's poem.  Here is a shortened form of his list:

  1. All actions we take in society are effects placed in context of culture and intellect.
  2. All negative actions of exposure actually use the same ideas they are exposing.
  3. All literature (as well as works deemed "non-literary") can be applied to this theory and, as such, prove their worth.
  4. All truths are subject to change and no piece of literature should say otherwise.

These are the fundamentals of New Historicism and, even though other scholars may add or detract from this list, this list is commonly known by those who attempt a description.  Now let's see how Veeser can help us understand Prufrock.

1. All actions we take in society are effects placed in context of culture and intellect.

The very opening lines of the poem point to the speaker's intellect in that they echo the words of Dante's Divine Comedy.  Repeated numerous times in the poem is the line, "In the room the women come and go, / Talking of Michaelangelo."  With regard to culture (in addition to the cultural intellect mentioned above), this poem is absolutely full of references!  Note this particular quotation:

Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets, The muttering retreats Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells.

2. All negative actions of exposure actually use the same ideas they are exposing.

Can you think of anything more true with regard to this poem?  Consumed by the discussion of the negativity of Prufrock's surroundings, he is absolutely guilty of that same negativity!  Right amid the "half-deserted streets" is Prufrock's own description as follows:

When the evening is spread out agains the sky Like a patient etherised upon a table

Of course there are a million more examples of negativity all throughout the poem that can be used as primary source quotes as well.

3. All literature (as well as works deemed "non-literary") can be applied to this theory and, as such, prove their worth.

Although "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is certainly a poem deemed "literary," due to this particular part of the list, it is definitely worthy of New Historicism.

4. All truths are subject to change and no piece of literature should say otherwise.

A good example of this delineation of New Historicism is the repetition of the line "there will be time."  This shows that even though the "truth" isn't applicable now, it might be perhaps in the future, such as in this quotation:

There will be time, there will be time To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet; There will be time to murder and create

In fact, anything that is a question can show that truths are subject to change.  Another example is the "Do I dare?" question that Prufrock poses.  Either truth (that he DOES dare, or he DOESN'T dare) could be possible and changing.

Of course, you may wish to add yet another secondary source to your essay, so here are a couple more you can check out that are even more recent:

  • New Historicism, by Dixon published in 2005
  • New Historicism explained, by Hedges, published in 2000

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