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Analysis and comments on The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot

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Comment 71 of 821, added on March 8th, 2012 at 4:18 PM.
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Comment 70 of 821, added on March 8th, 2012 at 3:00 PM.
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Comment 69 of 821, added on March 8th, 2012 at 12:58 PM.
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Comment 68 of 821, added on March 8th, 2012 at 12:33 PM.
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Comment 67 of 821, 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
counterpart.

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 821, 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 821, 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.

azeem from Australia
Comment 64 of 821, 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 821, 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 821, 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

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Information about The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Poet: T.S. Eliot
Poem: 1. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Volume: Prufrock and Other Observations
Year: 1917
Added: Jan 31 2004
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