What Neuroscience Lacks
In Jane Hirschfield‘s essay, “Poetry and the Mind of Concentration,” she argues:
She refers to this state of consciousness as concentration:
Poetry then becomes significantly personal because of the connection with the poet’s time:
“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” do not specifically address anyone in particular in their monologue. Their narrators’ stream of consciousness, however, express very personal and private thoughts that readers have generally experienced or associated themselves with at some point in time. Eliot therefore implanted a subtle but very apparent interactive model of consciousness into this poem. The personal content of the text – or rather, their consciousness – then evokes an involuntary personal connection from the reader that further enhances our own experience in reading the text, enhancing the overall meaning of the poem. Poetry then has the ability to encapsulate a period of time while also providing readers a personal lesson in understanding our complex consciousness and lives.
Thus, by studying the theory that consciousness is stemmed from the environment, we learn through poetry about the historical and equally significant personal emotions to generate a more genuine essence and understanding of the poet and time period. This is a result that fMRIs or artificial intelligence would fail to produce or record in regards to whether a person felt isolated from their society or “…measured out [their] life with coffee spoons” (Eliot l.52).