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

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Comment 51 of 821, added on February 8th, 2009 at 7:24 AM.

The line: till human voices wake us, and we drown, is a sober imagery out
from the etherized state of Prufrock, who dragged us into his
existentialist point of view, sometimes a self-confessed loser who wins his
cause by a kind of transcendence. It's like you're dreaming dreams, bouyed
on the water, and realizing that you are afloat, suddenly woke up and
struggled to avoid sinking--on the real world! I enjoyed this image a lot
and is a kind of reminder for me to pinch myself into getting my feet back
on the ground, lest I get drowned.

wilmar from Philippines
Comment 50 of 821, added on February 5th, 2009 at 7:47 PM.

This poem is a very difficult poem to analyze but i think that he is just
very afraid of reality and modernism. He doesnt realise that there is much
in life that he is pessimistic against and will never get to feel or see
the joy of because of this attitude.

Chloe from Australia
Comment 49 of 821, added on May 9th, 2007 at 3:59 PM.

this poem really expresses his love............. his fellings

TRACIE from United States
Comment 48 of 821, added on March 1st, 2007 at 4:47 PM.

I agree with Alicia from the U.K. about Prufrock being one who is indeed
very separate and isolated from society. He is afraid to take part, and
before he will ever work up the guts to take part, he will grow old. It's
very sad; he wants to go "through certain half deserted streets" and just
sort of wonder and be romantically content, but he is not one to take part
in life. These mermaids will not sing to him because he is not worthy.
" there will be time, there will be time to prepare a face to meet the
faces that you meet; there will be atime to murder and create..time for you
and time for me"
I think that Prufrock is taking the time that there really is for
granted;he is telling himself he has more time than he really does have as
if to comfort himself in a way. Although there is time, that time passes
but because he is scared to be apart of the world and to make a difference,
Prufrock lets that time pass him by.


Tori from United States
Comment 47 of 821, added on April 16th, 2006 at 4:15 AM.

Do you know if there are any critical essay o Prufrock available on-line? I
need some material for my paper on metaphors and metonymies of the poem. I
have actually nearly finished writing, but I do not have any relevant
source for supporting my arguments...:o/

Luthi from Czech Republic
Comment 46 of 821, added on March 31st, 2006 at 2:49 PM.

Yes it's about growing old, insecurity, loneliness, but it also speaks to
his enormous vanity.

To Prufrock, revealing his feelings is akin to 'squeezing the universe into
a ball', or like 'Lazarus, come from the dead'. He has 'wept and fasted,
wept and prayed' over what? Telling someone he is interested in her???
'Shall I part my hair behind?', so he has 'a bald spot in the middle' of
his hair? Come on, man! Prufrock is so consumed with himself that we learn
nothing about the woman he can't reveal himself to.

The love song of Prufrock is a song to himself.

Casey from United States
Comment 45 of 821, added on March 28th, 2006 at 10:00 PM.

I think this poem is directly affected by the events of the time. You have
to remember that this was written during World War one. As a result I
think Eliot is questioning society and mortality through the poem as a
result of what must have seemed at the time the destruction of humanity.
It seems like he alludes to this idea when talking about the yellow smoke
rubbing along the window panes. This represents the gas being used in the
trenches. It is a physical manifestation of the figurative way war is
creeping into everyday life. I agree with other peoples interpretations,
but I just thought this could be a cause to why Eliot is writting the poem.

keith from United States
Comment 44 of 821, added on March 20th, 2006 at 4:00 PM.

T.S. Eliot came from a very prim and propper society. There was no
"free-thought" when and where he grew up. This "song" tells us of his
desire for that free love. At the beginning he talks about he and his lover
going out and doing what they want (cheap hotels, sawdust
restarunts)something unheard of in his strict society. This society he grew
up with isn't exactly evil. He doesn't hate it, he just wants out. Yet he
see's himself on the outside looking in. His life is counted out by the
polite conversations which are not offensive and aren't productive to the
human reace. (They only thing they talk of is whats "talk of the time".
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons/I have measured out my life
with coffee spoons). He wants to break free but constantly wonders if he
dares(And indeed there will be time/To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I
dare?”). Does he dare? (No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be/Am
an attendant lord, one that will do/To swell a progress, start a scene or
two/Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool/) He doesn't believe he can
because he does not want to take that leadership position. He will be the
man in the background giving "advice" not making the difference. Yet he
desires passion, and free. The mermaids will not sing to him, they do not
call him to be free. Because as he watches them "they" call him back to
reality, and all his dreams drown.




Linana from Lebanon
Comment 43 of 821, added on March 18th, 2006 at 4:28 PM.

After the first reading of this poem, I was under impression that Prufrock
is a very shy person who is afraid of speaking even among the people he
knows. Before saying anything he makes "hundred indecisions," "hundred
visions and revisions," because he worries what others would think about
him. He is very self-aware and prefers to rehearse his owns thoughts, no
to look like a fool when he actually express them aloud ("how should I
begin," "[a]nd how should I presume?").
When I read the poem one more time, I realized that Prufrock's fear has a
different source. He knows that he has wasted most of his life ("I have
measured out my life with coffee spoons"), but he is too scared to do
anything about it. He passed his moment of the "greatness flicker", did not
achieve anything. Now, he is trapped in a silly society, which he calls his
"universe." Prufrock knows he should do something to stop the insignificant
"arty" discussions. The world is undergoing dramatic changes, and the
artist should do more valuable things than "talking of Michelangelo." He
asks himself: "Should I (…) / [h]ave a strength to force the moment to its
crisis?", but unfortunately he does not find the strength. That is why he
is a "modern (anti-)hero", "no prophet," who is afraid and lost in the
chaotic 20th century.
Prufrock is "modern" in his isolation. He keeps his monologue to himself,
indicating that he is not even a part of that 'group'. He feels he doesn't
belong anywhere, and this may be related to the feeling of alienation
characteristic for the Modern period.

Justyna from Poland
Comment 42 of 821, added on March 15th, 2006 at 2:03 PM.

This poem has so much into it, it makes it Amazing. I am writing an essay
on this poem. It is suppose to be only 400-600 words, I think I have now
laped it a second time. I have so much to say and write about. MMM think
professor would mind? Eliot is the King of moderism!!

Tess Young from United States

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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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