The works and days

from T.S. Eliot – The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock on Rap Genius

Meaning

Works and Days is a didactic poem of 800 verses written by the ancient Greek poet Hesiod around 700 BC.

Works and Days chronicles the experiences of Hesiod’s daily life and work, and — laced with episodes of fable, allegory, and personal history — forms a sort of Boeotian shepherd’s calendar.

This could connect with the shepherd reference from Marvell in the first line of the section, perhaps contrasting the simplicity and physicality of the pastoral life with Prufrock’s own inward, frustrated urban life.

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