The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot

Here are the first 19 (of a planned final 24) pages of my comic-book adaptation of the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot (Click on images to enlarge).prufrock1prufrock2

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377 Responses to The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot

  1. mickplay says:

    Wonderful treatment of a favourite poem. Beautifully evocative of when it was written but also dreamlike timeless. Have you managed to publish it yet?

  2. Josh E. says:

    Wonderful – captures both the darkness and wry humor of Eliot’s poem. Thank you and kudos!

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  4. Sandhra Sur says:

    Absolutely fabulous! Enhances the whole experience of reading the poem. Very well done, indeed!

  5. Paul says:

    I love your version of Prufrock. I’ve been sharing it with high school students for two years now, and I love the new panels! My favorite thing is how well you present the character of Prufrock. The combination of comedy and pathos in the pause before “I should have been a pair of ragged claws” is perfect, and shows a nuanced reading of the poem. Your illustrations really bring out the interplay of observing and being observed that are at the center of P’s paralysis. His sense of exclusion, his fear, his petty worries, all this is here. A tremendous piece of work.

  6. Ashok Khosla says:

    Wow. Simply superb. I am looking forward to the passage about Hamlet “No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be.” Look forward to purchasing the completed work. Glad you chose this poem as your current piece. Indebted.

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  8. It works so well in graphic novel format! A gripping and slightly eerie story.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is probably one of the most beautiful illustrations I have ever seen. You are breathtakingly talented. Cannot wait “’til human voices wake us, and we drown.”

    • Thank you, Anonymous, your kind words are a big encouragement! I have been thinking about how to illustrate those last lines for ages now. I too look forward to the day when I pen the final panels, hopefully later this summer!

  10. Z says:

    Hi Julian,

    I’ve been tracking your Prufrock illustrations for a long time now. I hope you don’t mind, but I used a couple of your comics on post on my blog, with click-through links back to your blog of course. You can visit the post here:, and if you’d like me to take it down, just let me know! Can’t wait till the full poem is published!

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  12. Riitu Chugh says:

    this has blown me away. i studied this work as part of my undergraduate degree in english lit. many years ago. and it suddenly seems to come alive.
    thanks for this. my congratulations.

  13. cyclopsee says:

    This is brilliant. Don’t think the purists can complain much. It gives a whole new perspective Congratulations!
    Also, are you planning to do some of Plath or Cummings? :)

    • V says:

      Cummings! Yes! Please! How about “may my heart be always open,” or “if i or anybody don’t know where it her his . . .”

      • cyclopsee says:

        Or may be “In the Rain” :-)

        in the rain-
        darkness, the sunset
        being sheathed i sit and
        think of you

        • In the past I considered illustrating “Daddy” and “anyone lived in a pretty how town”. cummings would be an interesting challenge to illustrate because I feel the shapes of the figures should be a bit ambiguous, like they are in the process of transforming into something else. I think the paintings of Arshile Gorky, in which all the shapes look sort of like something identifiable, but not quite, could be a useful reference. And also Chagall’s kaleidoscopic yet airy compositions. One day, I hope!

  14. Olivia says:

    This was so beautiful.. One of my favorite poems and you illustrated it so well!

  15. Gail says:

    I loved reading this and can’t wait until you’ve finished it. Id love to see your interpretation of some of Norman McCaig’s work.

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  17. Arfa says:

    Thanks for sharing your positive work with world ,and making work of poet quite easy to understand.

  18. Stacey says:

    This is wonderful. It is EXACTLY like what I have always seen in my mind.

  19. When you are ready to market, if you need blurbs from teachers, please contact me! I’ll be happy to endorse this as a perfect teaching aid! Not to mention, just some very fine drawings!

  20. April says:

    This is wonderful! I know everyone else said this already, but I am an English teacher and I just have to say how great it is to have something like this to open my students’ eyes to the meaning of the poem. Please keep up the good work! I know that I and a million other English teachers out there will buy your work!

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  25. icarusgreen says:

    Hi Julian,

    Please finish this magnificent piece of work. I would happily buy it.

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  27. Víctor says:

    Hi Julian, I hope you won’t mind that I used a couple of your images on a video I made for a composition a friend of mine did over the poem by Elliot. Of course, I gave credit. I hope we’ll see the rest of the comic soon. If I can buy it from Spain, I’ll surely do. Cheers. Link for the video:

  28. T says:

    Julian, what about an Indiegogo or kickstarter campaign, donors get copies? Donors get pdf version, paper version, signed paper version for different commission levels etc… Don’t leave us etherized upon the table!

    • Thanks for the suggestions! I’m going to complete the rest of the comic this fall. If no publishing opportunities emerge by then, I will indeed presume to disturb the universe, and begin a crowdsourcing campaign.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Keep in touch as soon as you have news

  30. M. says:

    Any news on the publisher front?

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  32. Anonymous says:

    Julian, good evening from Itlay!!I am desperately tring to purchase this work.could you help me?

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  34. I love the oyster shells as ashtrays. We forget just how tough times were for our ancestors. No going down to the $2 shop. Incidentally I think my love affair with Prufrock began with ” the yellow fog licked its tongue into the corner of the evening.” In London in 1946 as tiny girl I was standing with my Dad waiting to cross the street. It was December and we were on our way to visit my mother and new baby sister in hospital. I remember distinctly saying asking “Daddy where does the fog come from?” I don’t remember his answer, but when I first read the fog line I immediately conjured up my own image as if TSE had written it for me. Because of this I always assumed TSE was writing about London.

    • An evocative recollection! It could be London, where Eliot was living through much of the period in which “Prufrock” was written. Or it could be St. Louis, where Eliot grew up, and whose fog he himself recalled as the inspiration for that evoked in the poem. Boston, where Eliot was living when he began writing “Prufrock,” seemed like a good, “mid-Atlantic” compromise.

  35. Robert says:

    I love this so much! But one little thought: by “sawdust restaurants with oyster shells,” doesn’t Eliot mean the kind of restaurants that have sawdust on the floor and oyster-shell ashtrays *on the tables*?

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  37. When are you planning to finish the rest of the poem? I’ve been eagerly waiting to see the rest!

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  39. Jess says:

    I need this. I can’t believe I never thought of this! I’ve got some Prufrock tattooed on my body. Genius. Can I buy it someplace?

  40. Pure genius. You paint the irony, ambiguity, and loneliness that Prufrock embodies with such unnerving ease. Hope to see a lot more from you!

  41. The Layman says:

    Beautiful. This is how I understand Elliot, the man.

  42. Mari Kis says:

    Amazing, thank you!!!!

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  44. Anonymous says:

    This is amazing! I want MORE!

  45. Smith PC says:

    I really like poetry and enjoy writing it from time to time, but I don’t usually read “old poetry” unless it’s assigned to me for homework and even then I find it hard to understand mostly because I don’t get into it. But I find what you’ve done with “The Love Song…” poem and the other ones you’ve done to be very refreshing and attention grabbing. Maybe it’s due to the fact that reading comics is awesome; but anyways your work is outstanding and I hope you finish this one soon.
    P.s. I think poem comics will make younger generations enjoy poetry. Keep up the good work!

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  47. oe12 says:

    Wonderful. Love it.

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  51. jim kelly says:

    Wow! I simply love this too, like everybody else. Have you ever seen the Mad Magazine version of The Raven? Pretty good too, though in an entirely different vein.

    Can i get on an e-mailing list for your releases? I’d like to purchase when available.

    • I may have read the Mad Magazine version a long time ago, I seem to have a very vague recollection of it. I certainly greatly enjoyed The Simpsons version! If you start following my blog you will receive updates on all publishing-related news.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Unless it would be a bit hideous, did you ever consider Emily Dickinson’s “The Chariot.” (because I could not stop for death he kindly stopped for me.”

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  55. Lynne Nova says:

    Are you intending to put copies up for sale? This would make a perfect gift for my sister.

  56. Raymond Doubell says:

    Since so many others are asking for their favourite poems to be illustrated by you, please may I put in a plea for ‘The Hollow Men’ (including the epigraphs)? It’s been my favourite for almost half a century and I love teaching and examining (on) it.

    • I have actually given a lot of thought to the possibility of adapting “The Hollow Men” (maybe paired with “Prufrock” in an Eliot comic book). I’ve no idea what it’s going on about half the time (your analysis would be welcome), but I find it incredibly haunting and beautiful, and full of the kind of strong imagery that works in comics form.

  57. Michael Bruno says:

    This has for years been one of my favorite poems to reread and to teach. I would have resisted a literal depiction, but then I saw yours and have savored every frame, every line, and every little irony or joke (the mantlepiece David, for instance). Thanks for sharing your skill and for reopening the work to me afresh.

  58. Muthanna says:

    A great way to teach poetry, nice work!

  59. harshomohan says:

    extremely impressed with the artwork and happy to see a comic version of the prufrock poem! i am a comic book artist myself, as well as a former student of literature, so i find the work to be a big inspiration. regards, harsho

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  61. sage248 says:

    I am shocked that new readers are acting like your work is something like the second coming when Poetry Comics was created by Dave Morice in 1978 and he has 3 published books of them and is colaberating with people like Binaca Young and paul Tunis each doing the exact same thing with their various talents. Pufrock was the very first poem to be done in this art form in 1978 by Morice a student teacher to impress an Iowa Writers’ Workshop girlfriend. The difference? he did his over night, you are taking 3 years. In 3 years anyone could build Stonehenge! Also you have one dreary style, Morice in his published books showed a wide variety of styles to match the tone of different poems. His innovation has been a teaching aide in schools since 1980. How dare you pose as an innovator, instead of the slow imposter you actually are.

    • I think you will find I have more than one dreary style, as you might discover if you were to take the time to peruse my website. If you did so, you would find that I wrote a blog entry on Morice’s work about a year ago, one on which he commented, giving me his blessing. To which I wrote back, “It’s an honour to hear from you, Dave! Thanks for your kind words, and thank you for inventing poetry comics!”

  62. James F Jillett says:

    The finest work (it dwarfs The Waste Land) by America and Britain’s finest poet, beautifully and imaginatively visually realized. Your drawings correspond very closely to how I imagined the poem ever since I first read it. I thank the Boston Globe for referring me to this site, and simply cannot wait to possess the book. This is a masterpiece which makes another masterpiece even greater.
    -James F Jillett

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  64. cherian johny says:

    dude..this is exacltly how poems should be taught…ppl will start lovin poetry once they see ur work..i’ve bookmarked ur page and am in a constant effort to make ur work recognized to everyone i can…ur awesome man,i mean that

    P.S:i know ur busy completin other works but please consider doin “stopping by the woods on a snowy evening” and “rime of the ancient mariner”-i know u can pull it off man.congrats again and all the best for the amazin works yet to be publised by ur masterful mind.. ;-)

  65. Claire Warren says:

    PLEASE get this published and let me know when you do. I NEED A COPY!

  66. Anonymous says:

    Stunning – I would buy copies – really needs to be published

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  70. Matthew Lippman says:

    Julian. Hey. I am a poet and English/Creative Writing teacher and teach “Prufrock” every year. This interpretation, via the comic, is brilliant and beautiful. I do hope you get this published. It’s an incredible teaching tool. It’s an incredible piece of art. Good luck finishing. When you do, I will have my school buy multiple copies.

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  72. A lover of poetry says:

    You are so good Julian! Congratulations on your excellent work.

  73. Anonymous says:

    best one can show it in an artistic way

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  75. nicky says:

    Amazing! I absolutely love this idea. Your beautiful artwork really adds to the enjoyment of Eliot’s incredible poetry. I’d love to see the rest of “Prufrock.” Well done!

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  77. Claire b says:

    Such a complete delight!!! It is gorgeous and well done in every way. Would love to contribute to Kickstarter, if you choose that route. I was going to suggest doing The Wasteland, but it’s hard to illustrate footnotes imaginatively, chuckle. Cheers!

  78. Brian Owens says:

    Fascinating to see a visual rendition, especially in comic form, of a poem I have loved for years and had only imagined. And many of your drawings are oddly close to what I had imagined. Great job — eagerly awaiting the rest.

  79. Henry Smiley says:

    Prufrock may be my favorite poem, one that I subject my lit students to whenever possible. I’m very impressed with your illustrations so far, and I can’t wait to see this project in its finished form. Brilliant stuff.

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  81. Joe says:

    Fantastic! haven’t read this poem since high school.

  82. Lovely! Thanks for this- it helped open up the poem for me.

  83. Now among my five favorite illustrations–along with Dore’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Rockwell Kent’s Moby Dick; thank you, and please illustrate one of my poems at “Astrew In Them.”

  84. do I dare disturb the universe? beautiful.

  85. outstanding, julian. you are an illustrator par excellance. really, quality quality stuff. I’m not familiar with t. s. elliot, but from what I got on a first reading, the pictures nail it. and I know how hard that is to do. you illustrate other people’s poetry with your pictures. I use other people’s pictures to illustrate my poetry. and I’m not having a lot of success getting what I want. I can only dream of results like yours. I didn’t dare look at annabel lee. it would have got to me worse than the wasp factory by iain banks. come in here, dear boy, have a cigar. you’re gonna go far, you’re gonna fly high, you’re never gonna die, you’re gonna make it if you try; they’re gonna love you.

  86. Nipon Haque says:

    This is tremendous work! Thank you so much.

  87. tonyoseland says:

    One of the things I tell my students when we discuss graphic literature is that, many times, the lack of detail in the dialogue isn’t missing, it’s just gone visual. Dickens was a great one for describing everything down to the lint balls in a pocket, but for a graphic medium, we would just show a few lint balls in someones hand instead. The information is still there, just in another form.

    Many people have asked the same question as above on “why do we need the pictures when we have the words.” Having taught ESL for years, as well as remedial reading, I can state that, as far as my observations and work has shown, the addition of the graphic material makes it easier for those who are language challenged to make those leaps in understanding the rest of us take for granted.

  88. Lew says:

    Fascinating. This is a compelling treatment of (one of) my favourite poem(s).
    I haven’t read all the comments, so I may be repeating someone else… but two things occurred to me.
    First, the bed in the “restless nights” panel should not be made up.
    Second, the last fog panel should be completely blank. (That shouldn’t be too hard to draw!)
    Please continue.

  89. Burt Havingstrom says:

    Sure, fine, but we already have the poem. What in the world are the drawings for?

    • Leave a reply says:

      Sure, fine, but we already have snide critics enough. There are comments aplenty on web sites around the world. What in the world is your comment for?

    • Rebecca says:

      Well, I suppose you could ask, we already have Michelangelo’s David, so why a poem about it? Or for that matter, we have the Bible, so why do we need Michelangelo?

    • Melissa Byers says:

      Art builds on art, so why not enhance the words with images? Some of the world’s finest poems are reactions to visual art. Why not go in the opposite direction and graphically react to words? “Why does it exist” is not neccessarily a reasonable response to art.

      • Brendan says:

        Yes, as in W. H. Auden’s “Musee des Beaux Arts,” one of my favorite poems — Auden’s speaker is at the Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels, looking at Brueghel paintings, first “Massacre of the Innocents” and then “Icarus.”

        The poem begins,

        About suffering they were never wrong
        The Old Masters.

        Other art is a reasonable subject for art, IMO. So a graphic version of Eliot’s “Prufrock” is legit, as would be poems about paintings, etc.

  90. Emily says:

    Love. Love. Love. The pacing is crazy good, so true to the poem. Want. More.

  91. Gil says:

    More! More! I want to see the sea girls singing to each other. I don’t care if they sing to me or. . .

  92. Rebecca says:

    You’ve brought T.S. Elliot’s wonderful poem to life exactly as I imagined it. I can’t wait for you to finish. The fog is delightful. I am savoring thoughts of the peach, and fearing (a little) the ragged claws. Bravo!

  93. Frank Brown says:

    Bravo! This rendering of the poem is spot on, brilliantly conceived and executed. Where can I get the rest?

  94. Do you take personal requests? :)
    I’ve grown up loving this poem and your illustrations are EXACTLY how I imagined it in my head. Ever better, actually. I hope you get published soon! I can’t think of a better way to teach poetry to children and people who find poetry too abstract and inaccessible.

  95. Brendan says:

    Brilliant and wonderful! Thanks so much.

  96. maryanne says:

    Please complete this poem, and then tackle “Ash Wednesday” by Eliot. Also, more Yeats. Your illustrations are perfect in matching the pictures in my mind when reading the poem. Especially love the “patient etherized on a table” and the furry fog.

  97. pixelrites says:

    Wow. Extraordinary work! Thank you for the great imagery. Best wishes

  98. This is beautiful! Where is the book available? It would be the perfect gift for a poet friend of mine.

  99. Rockzid says:

    Just read a glowing review of your work in our local paper (The Hindu dated 10 November ).Prufrock an all-time favorite of mine.Your work is extraordinary and captures the essence of the poem brilliantly.Looking forward to exploring your website at liesure.Hope to see your work in book form soon.

  100. David I. Block says:

    I was introduced to Eliot’s work while in high school, almost 40 years ago. I found that I had to memorize it in order to fully understand it (or to get what passes as understanding). I decided, at the time, to memorize the Complete Works of T.S. Eliot. I started with “The Hollow Men,” then “Prufrock,” and finally “Burnt Norton” before my brain got full. I can still recite them to this day.

    The best thing that I can say about your illustrations is that they augment, and do not contradict, the images in my mind as I recite the poem. The are of the time, with exactly the proper styling, and I love that you have inserted Eliot as J. Alfred.

    The second best thing I could say as that I know how hard this is, and how easy it would be for your illustrations to pale against the poetry. It does not. I had a music teacher who was attempting to convey to me how hard it is to mix two separate types of art – even words with music. “Did you notice,” he asked me, “that in the musical ‘Cats,’ that the song everyone hums as they leave the theater is the one song for which Eliot did not write the lyrics?”

    This was, he explained, because it was so difficult for the composer to construct melodies brilliant enough to stand up to the lyrics. In “Cats,” the lyrics shine through, and the only brilliant melody is “Memories” which was not constrained by Eliot’s poetry.

    This is why, for me, your illustrations are remarkable. They stand up to, alongside, and support his words. Kudos to you, sir.

  101. Aman Mahajan says:

    Enjoyed this, and looking forward to the rest of it.

    Here’s something I composed sort of as a theme for Prufrock. (This is a live recording of my band, REFUGE.) I think they go well together!

    “Talking of Michelangelo”

  102. I regret to admit that I have always felt a strong identification with J. Alfred Prufrock. Naturally, when I saw this link in my Facebook feed, I had to click on it. Amazing. Your artwork is amazing. I am floored. I look forward to further installments.

  103. frankpjd says:

    Extraordinary work, Mr. Peters! Eliot would be proud!

  104. Love it! I had forgotten how much I loved this poem. Your awesome visuals helped me to remember.

  105. Anonymous says:

    once… 1970’s… Washington Square Park… Poez…a menu with poems he could recite for a few dollars… I chose Proofrock…lost in the words while he spoke… THIS! brings back that moment and adds the pictures from your head to the ones in my head. Thank you.

  106. litlfrog says:

    Please sir . . Can I have some more?

  107. Prufrock the poem of my heart for over fifty years and now your brilliant visual rendition. Please let me know how and when I can obtain copy.

  108. This is brilliant. Brilliant! I will definitely share this with my students and hope for a print copy in the future.

  109. emchic says:

    I agree with the other posters. I would contribute if you began a kickstarter campaign. I love this poem, and I would love to have a hard copy to share with my students.

  110. Brian Defer says:

    1. I agree with the consensus here – this is brilliant.
    2. I would be thrilled to give some support to a kickstarter project if you go that way.
    3. One suggestion: Your image of evening spread out against the sky on page two just does not work for me. Placing that body in the foreground cuts it off from the sky which is where the text makes me want to see it and makes it look like somebody dropped a cadaver in the street and wandered off. I think it would work better if it was a background element – perhaps suggestive shapes made out of the dark tops of buildings in the distance…

    • Thanks! The patient is placed at the bottom of the page to ensure that it is the last element one sees, thus imitating the surprising twist at the end of Eliot’s opening lines. But when one look more closely, one sees that the entire street is also the body of the patient, who is lying “against the sky” in the sense of “facing up at the sky.”

      • Mark Martel says:

        Actually I think it is one of your stronger panels because it is less literal. (Is less literal more literary?) Your use of period detail really helps place the poem in context and explain many social aspects now gone by. But consider imagery that sometimes contrasts the text or even contradicts it. Seeing the poem after 35 years I realize now there’s almost a noir aspect, with this man out walking toward another doomed group date as the evening of his life is beginning to fall. It can be cinematic in the way it flashes ahead and back in time.

  111. Tony O'seland says:

    Outstanding. This is one of the major poems I use in my Intro to Lit courses. I’ve probably just missed the info but where is the full version available? I also teach a course on the Literature of the Graphic Word, and would like to be able to make this part of the readings for both classes.

    • Leta Rogers says:

      That is a wonderful idea. I read this poem with my 11th grade English class. Not being a visual thinker, I often have to rather mechanically parse the lines of poetry. Once I was able to eventually ‘see’ the imagery, I felt it and loved this poem. This would be a really interesting class discussion to have students read the poem without the visuals, and then to see their reactions to the graphical version. Do the visual thinkers in the class react differently to poetry? Did they realize they were visually-oriented? Does the illustrated version help the verbal thinkers grasp it?

      • tonyoseland says:

        Yes, the illustration greatly helps. See my comments on my usage of graphic literature in ESL and remedial reading. I would love to have your input, and everyone else, if you use graphic literature. How do you use it, how do you explain it, what do you do for lesson plans and such. Perhaps one day we can do a group project and put out a pub through the Open Source protocols on the use of graphic literature.

  112. The yellow smoke is too cute. It is an insidious element and its image should reflect that. Otherwise great.

  113. Edie Howe says:

    Wonderful. Thank you.

  114. Pat Ludwig says:

    A lovely and fitting visualization of Eliot’s great poem Julian! Keep up the good work!

  115. Jeff Silver says:

    Yes! Just, yes.

  116. Anonymous says:

    Absulutly wonderful, well drawn and well conceived. It makes me want to read the poem (surprising for me as I have always avoided poetry) please continue to do this I would buy it as a BD. david black

  117. stilesroad says:

    Excellent! Now, if you are, really, accepting suggestions, then I’d love to see you animate G.M.Hopkins The Windhover and then Andrew Marvel’s Upon Appleton House! Thanks so much for this experience – a melding of my youth with my university years… fascinating.

  118. detvdokter says:

    This is absolutely beautifully done. It went straight to the heart!
    Please keep going!

  119. Fabulous. Not to much graphic to detract from the verse but just enough to enhance the experience. I’m sure this would bring in a larger audience to poetry.

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  122. Casey says:

    This is the most wonderful thing in the history of the world.

  123. So wonderful. You got the fog just right. This poem is very close to my heart. Your collaboration with it brought tears to my eyes. Please use Kickstarter to fund more. I will contribute. Also, may I email you about your ‘zines?

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  125. John Alfred Taylor, Emeritus says:

    Wonderful. If I was still teaching, I’d make sure y students saw this.

  126. John Alfred Taylor, Emeritus says:

    Wonderful. If I was still teaching I’d make sure my students saw this.

  127. Mani Kumar says:

    How he disturb the universe……………..
    ths is interesting to reading

  128. This is truly wonderful – Prufrock was the first poem I fell in love with, and you just made me fall in love all over again.

    Can’t wait to see the rest – and to see you bring more poems into comics!

  129. Wow! The Lotus Eaters please!

  130. Marya says:

    Profound appreciation and many thanks.

  131. Neha Chaudhary-Kamdar says:

    This is SO fantastic. And I would love to see you do Kubla Khan.

  132. Sean Hill says:

    Julian Peters, this is amazing. I want to read this to my children.

  133. Sangkug Yi says:

    Very impressive. How about The Waste Land after finishing this?

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  135. rfhartzell says:

    Exquisite work! I raced through those first nine pages and wanted to keep going. Got here via Open Culture and was a little skeptical before I started reading/viewing. But your method is so vivid and keenly literate (I love your rendition of “Streets that follow like a tedious argument/
    Of insidious intent”) it was irresistible. Congratulations.

  136. rfhartzell says:

    Wow … got to the end and wanted to keep going. A really magnificent visual interpretation. No idea what Eliot himself would have thought, but let’s assume silence means assent. I gather you need funding to complete the poem. Have you ever considered Kickstarter? Based on the comments here I can’t imagine you’d have trouble reaching your goal. Anyway, congratulations on your vivid, literate work.

  137. allex says:

    Reblogged this on Librocubicularist and commented:
    J. Alfred Prufrock and I have a very strange love/hate relationship.
    But I couldn’t NOT reblog this.

  138. aishwarya says: was shared by our professor on our college page n have to say, a commendable job..:D

  139. Tom Rohde says:

    This and Preludes are my favorite Eliot poems and your artistic rendering of the Love Song is fantastic. Thank you for doing it.

  140. Sukanya neogi says:

    Our teacher posted a link of this on our college‘s page.. N i literally thank him for this.. This is absolutely fascinating.. Incredible work.. Loved it..

  141. sudeshna says:

    awesome. looking forward for more

  142. Very impressive … the tempo is just right, the synchronizing between verse & pictures is smooth, both optically and conceptually. Making readable comix verse is very difficult and you’ve done a great job. Looking forward to more projects from you.

  143. Saturn With Earrings says:

    This is incredible! It’s innovative and engaging and beautifully communicated. I enjoyed this very much. You’re a great illustrator. Definitely amazing work. I hope this leads to more graphic novels on poetry!

  144. Anonymous says:

    Great work! Wanted to see the rest of it!…

  145. K says:

    My niece sent me this and I was really taken aback. This is such a beautiful and revolutionary way to introduce poetry to another generation. Brilliant! If this ever goes to book form, you have my support 100%! Thank you for sharing this.

  146. Marcelo Estrada says:

    Wish for more comics of the classics.

  147. This is incredible, it’s such a beautifully written poem, and your illustrations match it so well! :D

  148. Jaw drop. You’ve captured each phrase with skill and insight. I feel like I stumbled upon a great and rare treasure. You’ve managed to actually enhance what was already a brilliant piece of work and take it to new heights. HBL (Granny Lala in Louisiana)

  149. Just gorgeous. My favorite poem of all time, and lends itself perfectly to graphic novel form. What a beautiful project you have here. Congratulations, and thank you so much for this – this absolutely made my morning.

  150. ayush prasad says:

    So cool, Julian. This is amazing and it inspires me to write good poetry. Wish this would happen with more and more poetry, helping it come alive for the story reader… You rock man, awesome work, keep going…

  151. Bradford says:

    This is wonderful. A collection of poems illustrated like this would make a fantastic book for teaching literature to young people. I hope at some point you can secure funding to pursue these projects even further.

    Also, though it is a selfish request from someone lacking French language skills, do consider illustrating additional English language poems for your blog.

  152. Is this project going to be the complete and uncut poem? This amazing!

  153. This is lovely, lovely. How can I read more? Do you sell your work?

  154. virginia evangelist says:

    Just terrific, thank you. Robert Frost, I Have Been One Acquainted with the Night, might be interesting to you.

  155. Anonymous says:

    I recommend Mr. Flood’s Party:

  156. I second that commotion!

  157. Brerarnold says:

    Very well done! I hope it gets picked up by a publisher. Some of the suggestions for your next work are interesting and I like them. Let me offer one, much less literary but rife with graphic possibilities: one of Jim Morrison’s longer lyrics, such as “The Celebration of the Lizard” or “The Soft Parade.”

    • Thanks! The problem with or rock lyrics is that a) the copyright issues are thornier, and b) without the backing music, or at least a familiarity with the backing music, the lines set down on paper don’t generally have that internal rhythm or melody that poetry, almost by definition, must have.

  158. I myself paint a lot about this poem…

  159. jennifer howe says:

    This is wonderful. Thank you Someone else has already said: “how about “Sweeney Agonistes” and another has suggested Seamus Heaney. I second both of those and would add W.H. Auden, who has that pithy darkness. When will you publish? Please.

  160. Theodore Koulourid says:

    How beautiful. Congratulations

  161. Anonymous says:

    This is such a great idea. I am looking forward to the end product. I am so glad someone decided to do this. Next project: Saki’s short stories. If you haven’t read them, I recommend starting with “Tobermory” and “The Schartz-Metterklume Method.” I thought about doing this back in the ’80s when I was working in the comic book industry but it wasn’t the right time.

  162. Joakim Snygg says:

    Great work! Is it published somewhere?

  163. petermayer says:

    Superb work . . . for all ages/education/background. One minor suggestion [since you mentioned possibly revisiting what’s you’ve produced thus far]: perhaps add one or two pedestrians to the panel, “Let us go, Through half-deserted streets”

    • Thanks, That’s actually a great suggestion -provided the people were very far in the distance, to emphasize the sense of loneliness. Vaguely outlined passersby can actually add to depictions of loneliness, as demonstrated by Edvard Munch’s wonderful street scenes (not to mention “The Scream”).

      • Jake says:

        Yeah! Perfect!
        (And I second Anonymous’ suggestion, it was the only point where I felt a disconnect between the beautiful and haunting words and the beautiful and haunting images… truly a wonderful and moving work you have co-created here! Thank you!)

  164. g2-00e4f099bdd871255208913ae6c8e4a7 says:

    Beautiful. This brings to life one of my very favorite poems.

  165. Lisa Katherine Parker says:

    I wish I were a publisher, because I’d be knocking down your door with offers! I absolutely cannot wait until this is finished!

  166. William F. Touponce says:

    Wonderful! I would love to see how you visualize the last lines of this famous poem.

  167. Graeme Lindsay-Foot says:

    This is simply glorious. Thank you.

  168. Dave Roberts says:

    This is absolutely superb. You have visualised the poem almost exactly as I have seen it in my mind’s eye over the years. It should be published, there’s no real doubt of that.

  169. Wolfgang says:

    This is absolutely fantastic! Prufrock is one of my favorite poems and your rendition of it is beautiful. I have created multiple cabaret performance pieces off of this poem and I love seeing how others view it. I hope you are able to finish it and I will definitely purchase the finished product!

  170. usatad says:

    This is awesome work… Please continue… :)

  171. This is a wonderful adaptation of one of my favorite poems. I so hope you get to finish it!

  172. Shehzar Doja says:

    fantastic…please finish it…

  173. Saraswati Subbu says:

    JULIAN,what you’ve done so far is indescribably astounding!! never attempted earlier! can’t wait to see your illustrations for “I am Lazarus,come from the dead” and “a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen”!! after completing your work for this poem, why not embark on GERONTION and SWEENEY AMONG THE NIGHTINGALES?? it’ll be mind blowing! publishers galore will knock at your door. give it some thought,JULIAN. it’s well worth an attempt. best wishes,Saraswati Subbu

  174. Terry Beatty says:

    Beautiful drawing — I especially like the character work — great poses, expressions, gestures. etc. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece. There has to be a publisher out there smart enough to pick this up.

  175. Have always loved the poem and now I love this!

  176. Krip Yuson says:

    Thank you so much, Julian. Terrific work. Many of us here in the Philippines are also pleasured by Eliot, and most especially his Prufrock. Do finish it please. When it becomes a book, it will have a large audience here. And it will certainly set a precedent for other long poems that lend themselves to graphic stylization. Tons of sunshine vibes to you, Julian! :-)

  177. Anonymous says:

    I also vote for kickstarter! Would love to see you be able to finish this.

  178. taposhree says:

    This is amazing! Loved it

  179. Debkumar says:

    Hi, first congratulations for your beautiful work. I chanced upon your from a Facebook reference and what I saw is simply astounding. I have, without your permission though, shared the link with a commissioning editor at Penguin, hope that is okay with you. All the best

  180. Tanya says:

    Start a kickstarter if you need to. I would pay good money for this beautiful art.

    I really want folks to share this on Facebook and let out go viral till a publisher takes it up.

    I will order multiple copies for my library.

  181. Thanks, my high school honors class will certainly dig this!

  182. Toy Llaguno says:

    The drawing are beautiful,even without the poem which reads like an advertising copy.

    • Like advertising copy?! That’s an interesting take. How do you mean?

      • Toy Llaguno says:

        …. the twomen come and go talking of Michelangelo/etherized on a table/prufrock/ …these upperclass blaseness..why on earth would those women talk about Michelangelo? Please.haha do you hav a Seamus Heaney one?I haven’t looked but that would be interesting,if you can paraphrase this poet through ur comely drawings.thanks.

        • In this poem, written in 1915, Eliot almost single-handedly invented the modernist poetic movement.
          The line in which the evening is “spread out against the sky / like a patient etherised upon a table” would have infuriated some readers back then, fascinated others, and I would argue it continues to confuse us today. After all, what does it mean? What is it selling?
          Anyway, there was no such thing as “advertising copy,” really, when he wrote it so I guess it’s a kind of compliment.

        • Anonymous says:

          The ‘talk of Michelangelo’,means they are discussing the perfect male specimen; a reference to Michelangelo’s ‘David’.

  183. This is stunning so far. I’m hardly artistic, but I’ve been memorizing Prufrock lately, so I’ve come to know the lines fairly well. And you’ve captured them truly and beautifully. I hope this will be available for purchase. I want two copies…one to frame, and one to carry around in my purse. Well done!

  184. Melissa Rudder says:

    I adore this. Beautiful, thoughtful illustrations. It’s one of my favorite poems, and your style complements it so well that I read it with fresh eyes. I would happily give good money for a copy of the finished book (to share with my high school students) and for prints of key pages or scenes to frame. I will follow your work closely for the opportunity. :)

  185. Joshua Lupkin says:

    Please email me when this is available, I want to get it for my institutional library. jlupkin (at) tulane (dot) e du

  186. Pam says:

    Love this! I do hope you will finish this!

  187. Dudley Stone says:

    Great work! I recently produced an evening of T.S. Eliot at the Mid-Manhatttan Library on 5th Avenue in New York City. I urge you to complete this fine work.

    Dudley Stone
    Artistic Director, Triangle Theatre

  188. As a child I heard this poem and then read it time and time again; it has stayed with me throughout my life and meant so many different things to me at different times. This is a beautifully illustrated rendering of it. Thank you for it. x

  189. Shamik Bhattacharya says:

    Flabbergasted…the love song is still ringing :-)

  190. Russell Berman says:

    Congratulations. Great work. Are you really looking for a publisher?

  191. Nick Vittum says:

    Lovely. Eager to see the rest. For
    we have lingered in the chambers of the sea
    by sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
    till human voices wake us, and we drown

  192. Marsha Howard says:

    I zipped through the comments so don’t know if anyone else has mentioned this. Your work is an amazing way to introduce younger readers–teens–to a poem like Prufrock. They adore graphic novels. The poem is sufficiently accessible (which I know is a dirty word in the world of poetry). And it’s really just brilliant. Please hold out for a published book, not a chapbook. I’m a retired (New York Public Library) librarian and collection developer, so take my word for it…

  193. Katherine says:

    beautiful and moving

  194. Ahona says:

    This is intensely beautiful, I’ve often wandered whether 20th century poetry can be converted into the graphic novel format? And you’ve answered my question, it IS possible to render those exquisite fragments and epiphanies of Modernism into poignant yet sublime images. I would love to see more of this!

  195. Eugenia Kim says:

    Wunnerful. Wunnerful. Wunnerful

  196. Santiago says:

    I would like to have prints of some of your illustrations. They are terrific. How can I get them?

  197. Dhaibat Mukherjee says:

    Simply superb.Looking forward to the rest of the comics.This will definitely help me while studying “The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrog”.Thanks.

  198. ghetu says:

    I am a fan, Julian! You are a chosen soul, please make this world more beautiful!

  199. Christine Frank Fuentes says:

    The flow of the visualization pulled me along. I remembered learning to like poetry a long time ago when a high school English teacher taught us to read poetry as spoken, rather than stiffly dramatized (don’t know if that makes sense…). Anyway, lovely – please continue – and I believe you would have a market for this type of work in the schools

  200. Jean-Pierre Metereau says:

    Beautiful. I can’t wait to teach this poem again, now that your art has made it accessible to people who would have to be told how to appreciate the poem.

  201. Dana says:

    fantastic! I will love to use this as a teaching tool for Prufrock with my poetry undergrads. Thanks for this!

  202. helenvitoria says:

    This is truly outstanding work! Consider submitting this (when finished) to Thrush Press we publish chapbooks and would love to work with you on this! Visit our website for further information. Please consider contacting us!

  203. George Franklin says:

    Great work! Eliot would have loved this. I look forward to reading the rest.

  204. This is truly outstanding work! Consider submitting this (when finished) to Thrush Press we publish chapbooks and would love to work with you on this! Visit our website for further information. Please consider contacting us!

  205. shovonc says:

    The reason I love blogging is because I come across blogs like yours.

  206. ankitasame says:

    The way you visualize the lines is brilliantly imaginative. It takes the poem to another level. Would love to see it in its entirety.

  207. ankita says:

    the way you visualize the lines is brilliant. Speaks highly of your imaginative capability. Would love to see it in its entirety.

  208. Himanshi says:

    This is really amazing.
    Your image for “the patient etherized upon a table” is so brilliant that I can’t not think of it when I read the poem again. Good work! Please finish it, I’m really looking forward to what you’d do with the last paragraph. The mermaids! :)

  209. Okay, *that* was just beautiful. I didn’t think it was possible for the experience of reading The Love Song to get any better than it already was, every single time. You just managed that, for me. Please do finish the whole thing when you’re able to!

  210. Arundhati says:

    Great work really. This is my favourite poem… and now, I look forward to the rest….

  211. Alison B. says:

    Kickstarter really works! I’d give it a try. I’d love to see more. So very beautiful and moving. I was just transported. Thank you!

  212. dhoopkinaray says:

    This is amazingly creative. A-MA-ZING!

  213. Wes Civilz says:

    I love it! I love the fact that you made the main character look like Eliot (or be Eliot). I always see him as the main character when I read the poem. Eagerly awaiting the rest…coffee spoons, arms downed with light brown hair, mermaids… :)

  214. Outstanding work. It really brings the poem to life and will undoubtedly introduce a new set of readers to it. Looking forward to more

  215. Adhiraj Sarin says:

    Loved it. My all time favourite poem.
    The imagery of “the yellow fog ……” Is that of a cat. Wish the fog were hunched and falling off the window panes.

    • I tried to give the fog a cat-like movement (and cat eyes), but I’m not altogether satisfied with it. The fog should be swirlier and slinkier. I might re-do that page at some point, but then, if I start going down that road, I’ll eventually want to redraw everything.

  216. Ray says:

    Awesome! Beautiful and haunting. Can’t wait to see the rest!

  217. Luke Heister says:

    Glad to see such demand for more of this. A Modernist page I subscribe to gave a link today, and I think the work is brilliant. I have seriously pursued ink illustration before, but now I’m a grad student focusing on Joyce. This is making me want to try interpreting some poems in illustrated form. I’m also thinking of giving it as a writing assignment to students to see writing from another perspective. I echo the others, and I know you want to finish this. I hope it happens and that you take on other works as well.

  218. Darwin Holder says:

    What a wonderful job! This is amazing. I read Prufrock for the first time over thirty years ago, and your iterpretation is spot on. I would buy it in a heartbeat. I hope you find time and inspiration to finish.

  219. Kara says:

    Have you considered a crowd funding site like Kickstarter? You could self-publish. It’s so beautiful I’d love to have a copy, and I’d be happy to pay for the chance to help…

    • Thanks for the idea, Kara. I’ll look into it. It’s more time that I’m missing at the moment, but then it’s really true that time is money. And maybe such a campaign would attract more attention to the piece, including that of a potential publisher.

  220. Kristine says:

    Love this! I’m an ex-illustrator (got tired of freelance) and habe written papers on this poem! Was fantastic to see it from an artists eye!

  221. This is lovely, and I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  222. Thank you for all these words of encouragement, which I was much in need of. I was in fact planning on starting to finish this work in earnest early in the coming year. I think I have finally figured out how to draw “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons,” which was a bit of a stumbling block. Stay tuned!

  223. salil61 says:

    Is this out in a book form yet? It is outstanding!

  224. April says:

    I would buy a copy of the completed version of this. I love it. I LOVE IT!

  225. Pam says:

    Can’t even tell you how much I love this–I will definitely be using it the next time I teach this poem.

  226. avishekparui says:

    There will be time, there will be time
    To finish this great work of art that you’ve commenced. SO looking forward to seeing your sketch of the Prince Hamlet not meant to be!

  227. Megagravyboy says:

    Beautiful work. You must finish your comic in the same way that Eliot needed to finish his poem. Then it will have its own life and will find its place in communication and art. Thank you!

  228. Jenn B says:

    This is amazing and would be an excellent tool for teaching this poem! Well worth finishing!

  229. Sur Back says:

    This is so beautiful I cannot even describe it. I would love a copy, this is my favorite poem of all time

  230. Germaine Warkentin says:

    Yes, please do finish — I think it’s great!

  231. Palvashay says:

    You need to finish this soon, this is fantastic!

  232. holynose says:

    With a bald spot in the middle of my head, ….couldnt have done it better, lovely work

  233. Claire says:

    I would buy this. I would buy this 3 times.

  234. Bill says:

    Congratulations and thank you for this lovely work. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it!
    If you’re still keen for more when you’re done, try giving Prufrock’s Pervigilium a go. Equally vivid imagery – just a lot darker.
    You can read it at:

    • Wow! Thanks for letting me know about this. I had no idea. It certainly might be worth including this insert in my finished Prufrock comic, also because perhaps then it would make the thing long enough to publish as a stand alone book.

  235. Kathleen says:

    This is great. Thank you for posting.

  236. Liz says:

    Hello, I love you (by which I mostly mean this). That is all.

  237. Savannah says:

    Please, please, please finish this!

  238. Finish the project! I like what you’re doing a lot. My students are studying this poem right now. Any guesses about the meaning of the crab and the mermaids?

    • OK OK! Some day soon! I promise! One of the good things about illustrating poetry is that you don’t have to really figure out what the text is actually about; you just try to capture the vague images that it conjures up in your head. I think we spend too much time trying to derive meaning out of poetry anyway, rather than just enjoying it for its sensual qualities. Still, such speculation can be amusing: I suppose the crab scuttling about at the bottom of the sea could represent the kind of completely anti-social existence that Prufrock feels his temperament would be better suited to (who hasn’t felt that way at one time or another?). As for the mermaids, I always took them to represent an idealized romantic love, always out of reach, that the protagonist daydreams about.

  239. Christopher says:

    Stumbled upon this will prepping for a class project. This is fantastic work. I would LOVE to see the rest of your interpretation of this piece.

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  241. Alessandra says:

    Amazing art, Julian. I do hope you feel motivated to finish it.

  242. Ingrid says:

    Genius. Please, finish. A+ art and concept.

  243. Bobbi Hinsch says:

    Absolute Gorgeous Work!! I really would be interested to see it in it’s entirety!!

  244. Cristina says:

    Julian this is awesome. Please post the rest. I’m astonished by the power of your art.

    • Thank you, Cristina; I really appreciate you saying that. Unfortunately the nine pages of Prufrock I have up are the only ones I have created thus far. I will happily finish the comic if ever someone expresses an interest in publishing it. I have most of the images for the rest of the poem worked out in my head. I also think I might like to redraw some of the faces of the protagonist. I was trying to make him look like a young Eliot, but I think I could have done a better job in a few instances.

  245. G says:

    Great work, the art is beautiful.

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