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Comment 67 of 117, added on February 27th, 2009 at 12:35 PM.
It is just an observation - Prufrock is neither a fictional nor a dramatic,
but a poetic character that I thought would serve as a thematic
First off, his 'Love Song' is a poem through which the tormented soul of
Prufrock is played out and understood by means of, strangely, his dramatic
monologue Eliot easily poeticized as a remarkably allusive poet. It is true
that the sad sack cannot shake himself loose from the internalized cultural
norms which shape his individual identity and psychological disposition.
Societal pressures are so stressfully pervasive that they lead those as
insecure as Prufrock to become even more insecure and self-defeatist. If
only he would ask the oft-touted "overwhelming question" that constricts
his freedom to be free with his expressions and rattle the universe as
normal people would, he will have been able to "return to the real world"
in the society of normal men and women.
From what I have read, the formulated man's emotional death-in-life is the
result of being trapped in his own raging tongues of fire (his own
insignificance, insecurity, inability to make decisions)from which he finds
no escape route.
Is "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock" really a love song capable of being
sung by one so at once incapable of expressing and securing love? How well
did Eliot lead us on!
Seng Moh from Canada
Comment 66 of 117, added on February 27th, 2009 at 11:46 AM.
I accidentally ran into this wonderful AP website that allows for personal
comments to be posted in response to the thread as appear.
It would be helpful if you would give us your critical opinion or
commentary rather than a literatim-vebatim extract of the analysis of
Eliot's poem drawn from megaessays.com.
If anything, it detracts from the entire aim of the forum that invites
meaningful discussion and feedback from readers who are interested in
matters literary. AP's Poetry Site deserves to be used for the purpose for
which it is intended.
Seng Moh from Canada
Comment 65 of 117, added on February 15th, 2009 at 8:44 PM.
The love song by T S Eliot based on a fictional character, Prufrock is an
interesting text. The title contradicts with the actual poem itself, as it
is really about the fact of his lack of self-confidence prevailing, and
therefore his disability to approach a lady. He conveys a great message
about the society, and how they class people into different groups.
Comment 64 of 117, added on February 12th, 2009 at 4:11 AM.
The poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” by T.S. Eliot, is a great
piece to analyze. Eliot uses many different techniques to get his points
across. In this particular poem, Eliot inserts great meaning, and uses a
lot of symbolism and imagery to tell the story of J. Alfred Prufrock.
J. Alfred Prufrock constantly lived in fear—the fear of living and the fear
of dying. Eliot divides his poem into three uniformly essential sections.
The first section being the fear of living, the second section being the
awakening, and the third section, the realization that it was all too late.
“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” tell a story about a very odd man.
Prufrock was a man who essentially is afraid of time and aging.
Jessica N - (IS THE BEST!!) from Australia
Comment 63 of 117, added on February 11th, 2009 at 9:55 PM.
This is an interestung and intriguing poem as it conveys his dislike for
modernism and industrialism.
A man who values the simple things in life but who shows an inability to
muster up the courage to even communicate with the opposite sex.
The title I see is ironic as the love song of j alfred prufrock is a poem
about his inability to find love or even have love for himself as his use
of rhetoric and imagery constantly alludes to him having no place in this
world and seeing himself as an unwanted and unimportant member of society.
All in all a great poem which takes a bit of effort to interpret and draw
meaning from but none the less a true work of art.
Belinda K from Australia
Comment 62 of 117, added on February 11th, 2009 at 10:21 PM.
i believe that this poem is really visual as he relates things to being
other more physical and personified.
the types of language he uses signifies that he is from the 20th century
and because of this people find it easier to relate to and understand.
the techniques he uses such as personification,similies,imager and
metaphors does make a big difference to how we understand the poem.
EmBrY :P from Australia
Comment 61 of 117, added on February 11th, 2009 at 10:15 PM.
the poem "love song of J.Alfred Prufrock shows his distaste to city life it
has references to biblical terms.the epigraph at the beginning relates to
the poetic world in that it shows us that the streets of the city his
charactor that he has portrayed has fallen into a abbyss that he cannot
escape from;His version of hell.
dennis duong (mennice) from Australia
Comment 60 of 117, added on February 11th, 2009 at 10:13 PM.
i think that this poem from T.S eliot is very heartfelt for a man that
lives in fear an that thinks that no1 cares for him and that the world and
everyone in it is jst judging him. its a poem that was hard to analyze and
understand because it says " The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" but its
not real about love its more about saddness and lonelyness he uses words
pharsez like "im not prince hamlet nor was i meant to be" explains that he
not a man of outspoken word and also over thinks things along with many
other things throughout the poem. overall it was a good poem and i enjoyd
maria from Australia
Comment 59 of 117, added on February 11th, 2009 at 10:19 PM.
In the first half of the poem, Prufrock uses various outdoor images (the
sky, streets, cheap restaurants and hotels, fog), and talks about how there
will be time for various things before "the taking of toast and tea", and
"time to turn back and descend the stair." This has led me to believe that
Prufrock is on his way to an afternoon tea, in which he is preparing to ask
this "overwhelming question". The overwhelming question is that Prufrock is
trying to tell a woman his romantic interest in her using imagery of
women's arms and clothing and the final few lines in which Prufrock laments
that the mermaids will not sing to him. Prufrock is trying to express some
deeper philosophical insight or disillusionment with society, but fears
rejection, pointing to statements that express a disillusionment with
society such as "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons". "The Love
Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" also makes numerous allusions to other works,
which are often symbolic.
king kurva SASO from Macedonia
Comment 58 of 117, added on February 11th, 2009 at 10:07 PM.
the poem "THE LOVE SONG OF J.ALFRED PRUFROCK" is a really good poem and i
believe T.S Eliot did a really good job on it.
the types of techniques he uses really paint an image into my memory.
such techniques he uses is similies "like a patient etherised upon a table"
this particular line is really visual as it resembles the scene perfectly.
also he uses language that most people in the 21st century can understand
and relate to.
this poem shows that t.s eliot believed his life was worth nothing which to
him meant there was no point living.
bella =] from Australia
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