Essay On The Love Song Of J.Alfred Prufrock

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay

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T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is an ironic depiction of a man’s inability to take decisive action in a modern society that is void of meaningful human connection. The poem reinforces its central idea through the techniques of fragmentation, and through the use of Eliot’s commentary about Prufrock’s social world. Using a series of natural images, Eliot uses fragmentation to show Prufrock’s inability to act, as well as his fear of society. Eliot’s commentary about Prufrock’s social world is also evident throughout. At no point in the poem did Prufrock confess his love, even though it is called “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, but through this poem, T.S. Eliot voices his social commentary about the world that…show more content…

The city is fragmented in itself, with a population that is lost and alone, a scattered collection of "Streets that follow like a tedious argument" (8) above which "lonely men in shirt-sleeves" (72) lean out of their isolated windows. Eliot achieves fragmentation through the use of imagery, in both specific as well as symbolic.

Images and allusions aren’t Prufrock’s only fragmented features though; Eliot also uses the rhythm, and the rhyme is irregular throughout this poem. Throughout the poem, the rhyming schemes differ and constantly changed and evolved. There are instances when it is an unrhymed free verse, and instances where it would go for a longer period of time, then to shorter periods. The rhyme scheme creates a chaotic feeling, as well as feelings of disorganization and confusion, just as the world Prufrock resides in, and it does a good job portraying the anxiety that is rooted in the social world. He is afraid to confront those talking pointlessly about Michelangelo as well as he is intimidated by the thought of engaging in a gathering, believing that “there will be time” (23), and that he has "time yet for a hundred indecisions, And for a hundred visions and revisions", indicating that his life and his social life is a bore, with repetitive routines that remains the same. Prufrock’s constant worrying is also shown in not merely the

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Essay on Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

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In the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Elliot, Prufrock is a man that is pessimistic, has low self-esteem, and has much internal conflict. He believes that he isn't good enough for the women of his desire; this theme also becomes a motif. The epigraph of the poem is an excerpt from Dante's Inferno, in which that the perfect audience could only be someone who would never be allowed into the real world where that person(s) might reveal Prufrock's idiosyncrasies. This of course is impossible so therefore he must settle on a personal reflection, thus creating an interior dialogue. This in effect sets a mood of isolation giving the reader some foreshadowing in to what the poem will be about. The image of "a…show more content…

In the eyes of Prufrock he could never compare with Michelangelo, therefore he could never be the object of the women's conversations much less their desires or hearts. The repetition of the lines "how should I presume?" and "how should I begin?" exemplify Prufrocks inability to commit and his overall pessimistic outlook. "I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floors of silent seas," (lines 73-74) these words are an allusion to the crab. This is significant not in the way the crab looks or its shape but in its direction of movement; instead of moving forwards like most animals, it moves sideways. When related to Prufrock it means that he really never goes anywhere he just sits there oscillating in his mind whether to go up to the ladies or not, but never actually goes forward and does it. The rhyme scheme for this poem includes end rhyme, "streets…retreats" (lines 4-5), internal rhyme, "decisions and revisions" (line 48), and slant rhyme, "meet… create" (lines 27-28). At the end of the poem it is structured most like an English sonnet. The evidence for this is in the last two lines that both rhyme and conclude the poem. The last line meaning that when the outside world gets involved, "till the human voices wake us" the dream or fantasy is ruined "we drown." Prufrock believes the women will put him down by making insults such as "how his hair is growing

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