Mist-ifying Prufrock

Serena Epstein has a fun new assignment for ds106 that asks you to illustrate an image from T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock” through the medium of your choice. As soon as I saw the assignment a few images jumped out at me such as “Like a patient etherized upon a table” or “Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels.” But, I couldn’t get Frank Darabont’s film version of The Mist out of my head (maybe because I just finished Season 1 of The Walking Dead) when thinking about one of the greatest images in that poem that likens the London fog to a cat. So, I took part of that poetic image and tacked it onto this artistic rendering from the film. I love the opportunity to marry a high modernist like Eliot with one of the world’s most popular novelists.

The Mist meets Prufrock

The process on this was dead simple. Found the image I wanted on the net, brought it into Picnik and added the text.

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4 Responses to Mist-ifying Prufrock

  1. Serena says:

    I love this! You found an image that is just as evocative as the text. You’ve just given me a great idea.

  2. Reverend says:

    I love this assignment, I think I can do a few more from Prufrock, and I just might 🙂

  3. Mikhail says:

    Awesome. Here’s a found example. Scroll to the bottom: http://www.dalefield.com/mwes/kidsp/kidspic3pg.html

  4. Reverend says:


    Nice find, I was looking for a good crab image but all the ones I found were too literal. The mechanical crab is brilliant, adds a whole ‘nother layer. Brilliant. This assignment needs to be abstracted out beyond Prufrock, find goos poetic images and set them to visuals.

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