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

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Comment 61 of 821, 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 821, 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
reading it.

maria from Australia
Comment 59 of 821, 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 821, 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
Comment 57 of 821, added on February 11th, 2009 at 10:11 PM.

Hello!
T.S eliot is the best poet dude, i've ever read, i love his poems they make
me so emotional, i just love his works, when i read his poems the tense and
depressed aura reaches to me and makes me burst into tears.

Monica from Australia
Comment 56 of 821, added on February 11th, 2009 at 10:04 PM.

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" T. S. Eliot

(Full name Thomas Stearns Eliot; also wrote under the pseudonyms Charles
Augustus Conybeare; Charles James Grimble, Reverend; Gus Krutzch; Muriel A.

Schwartz; J. A. D. Spence; Helen B. Trundlett) American-born English poet,

critic, essayist, dramatist, and editor.

The following entry presents criticism on Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J.

Alfred Prufrock" (1915). For further information on Eliot's life and
career, see CLC, Volumes 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 15, 24, 34, 41, 55, and
57.
INTRODUCTION

DeanAkam from Australia
Comment 55 of 821, added on February 11th, 2009 at 5:56 AM.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is not your average love song, if you
can even call it a love song.

The title is quite ironic since Prufrock is portrayed as an isolated ("I
should have been a pair of ragged claws Scuttling across the floors of
silent seas"), self conscious ("They will say: How his hair is growing
thin""They will say: But how his arms and legs thing!") and anti-heroic
("No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;") person though out the
poem.

Instead of a love song this poem felt like a cry for help ("and in short, I
was afraid"), that he has come to the realisation that he is aging and have
yet believed to have achieved anything. If only he had the courage to have
taken the opportunities given ("I have seen the moment of my greatness
flicker,") he may have died feeling accomplished.

John from Australia
Comment 54 of 821, added on February 11th, 2009 at 5:38 AM.

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" T. S. Eliot

(Full name Thomas Stearns Eliot; also wrote under the pseudonyms Charles
Augustus Conybeare; Charles James Grimble, Reverend; Gus Krutzch; Muriel A.
Schwartz; J. A. D. Spence; Helen B. Trundlett) American-born English poet,
critic, essayist, dramatist, and editor.

The following entry presents criticism on Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J.
Alfred Prufrock" (1915). For further information on Eliot's life and
career, see CLC, Volumes 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 15, 24, 34, 41, 55, and
57.
INTRODUCTION

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is considered one of Eliot's finest
and most important works. With the help of Ezra Pound, the poem was
accepted for publication in Poetry in 1915—four years, it is believed,
after Eliot (1888–1965) completed it. Through this poem Eliot established
himself as a modern voice in literature, creating profoundly innovative,
erudite poetry which mixes classical references with industrial
twentieth-century images. It is the first work among many which would earn
him a place as one of the most important and revolutionary poets of the
twentieth century.
Plot and Major Characters

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is a lyrical, dramatic monologue of a
middle-class male persona who inhabits a physically and spiritually bleak
environment. The title of the poem is misleading since it is neither a love
poem nor a song in the classical sense. Approximately 130 lines long, it
follows the ramblings of J. Alfred Prufrock, the would-be suitor of an
unnamed and nebulously developed woman. While Eliot provides little
description of Prufrock's person, he does reveal a great deal about
Prufrock's personality and state of mind.
Major Themes
Prufrock is full of self-doubts, with a pessimistic outlook on his future,
as well as the future of society and the world. This pessimistic view
renders him unable to declare his love to the unnamed woman. He describes
himself as "almost ridiculous," "almost … the Fool." Although aware of the
possibility of personal fulfillment, Prufrock is afraid to act, unable to
claim for himself a more meaningful existence. The poem also contains
numerous biting images of the industrial land-
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scape with its insidious "yellow fog," "narrow streets," "lonely men in
shirt-sleeves," and "soot that falls from chimneys." "Prufrock" is also
replete with classical references to such literary and historical figures
as John the Baptist, Lazarus, and Hamlet and to the literary works of
Hesiod, Andrew Marvell, Dante, and Jules Laforgue.
Critical Reception

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" has sparked tremendous interest and
dissension among literary scholars. It is considered by many to be one of
the principal poems of this century, and is listed with The Waste Land
(1922) and Four Quartets (1943) as Eliot's best work. Often analyzed by
line, incident or reference, the poem continues to confound scholars. Eliot
pioneered an innovative and often fragmentary style centered upon modernity
and the use of startling metaphors; Louis Untermeyer calls it "sensitive to
the pitch of concealment." Critics such as Robert M. Seiller, Elizabeth
Drew, George Williamson, Cleanth Brooks and Robert Penn Warren all argue
that Prufrock never articulates a question: he is too overwhelmed by
modernity and the state of his existence to formulate it. J. Peter Dyson
contends that Eliot utilizes a literary reference to Hamlet in which to
indirectly frame Prufrock's question. In a separate but related inquiry,
Bruce Hayman questions whether Prufrock is proposing marriage or making a
sexual proposition to the woman in the poem. Critics agree that in the end
Prufrock is too overwhelmed by the bleakness of his own life and his view
of the urban landscape to take any action, so paralyzed is he with fear and
uncertainty. Scholars have focused a great deal of energy on unraveling the
meaning of the literary references with which Eliot peppers the poem. There
is disagreement over the allusions to John the Baptist and Lazarus, and
argument over which Hamlet reference he employs. Several scholars have
marked Dostoevsky's influence on Eliot, although Eliot himself pointed out
that Crime and Punishment was not available to him when he wrote this poem.
Critics list among Eliot's influences Lord Alfred Tennyson, Henry James,
Matthew Arnold, Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Allan Poe, and Laforgue.


azeem from Pakistan
Comment 53 of 821, added on February 11th, 2009 at 4:01 AM.

This poem was a little difficult to analyse, but once you’ve understood
the message you see what an insecure kind of man Prufrock is. We also see
that there are a lot of rhetorical questions asked especially about life
and death and Prufrock wondering if he worthy or of any significance. He
does not seem to think he is of great significance due to the fact that he
measures out his life with coffee spoons-“I have measured out my life with
coffee spoons”. This line can also show how ordinary, simple and boring his
life was referring to the coffee itself, because coffee is a very ordinary
thing.


Grace from Australia
Comment 52 of 821, added on February 11th, 2009 at 1:22 AM.

This poem is a very different type of poetey, we mostly read about love and
hate but this poem does not althought it is named "the love song of
J.Alfred Prufrock" it has no real love in it. He writes "and yet for a
hundred indecisions and for a hundred vision and revisions" meaning that
changes do happen and we ill make misakes and you can replay it over and
over again, and find that you could of done it many other different ways.
it is sad to see that this man in the poem sees the life has no meaning to
it, that he believes that he is just a background person in his own life,
he is very pessimistic. All he does is think not act. Something that never
goes well.

Heidi from Australia

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