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

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Comment 74 of 824, added on June 5th, 2012 at 3:42 AM.
I grow old (Prufrock Ode)

This I heard many, many times from one of my old teachers in the mid 1960s
(he has long since passed away).

Now, I am growing old and wearing the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Soon to be awakened by the mermaids and then drown.

RIP





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Comment 67 of 824, 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 824, 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 824, 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.

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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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