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

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Comment 31 of 821, added on October 29th, 2005 at 11:30 AM.

I think that the use of mermaids and the fact that 'they will never sing to
[him]' suggests that he feels very seperate from society. He can't gain
that 'magical' love and freedom, which 'mermaids' have. Possibly the
mermaids relate to those who aren't afraid to love. The fact that they can
sing to eachother suggests an ability to communicate with others. It is
said, "I do not think they will sing to me" indicating a lack of trying on
this, thus suggesting that Prufrock gives up before he tries.

The idea that he's not at one with society does seem to exist within the
poem, though. For another example he only 'watches' the lonely men smoking,
indicating that he's not even a part of that 'group'. He feels he doesn't
belong anywhere.

Alicia from United Kingdom
Comment 30 of 821, added on October 28th, 2005 at 11:29 AM.

The is indeed a mater piece by the genius of Eliot which represent the true
features and psychology of modren man.His confusion and bilwilderment.

Tabez from Pakistan
Comment 29 of 821, added on October 28th, 2005 at 7:39 AM.

poetry for me is a huge world and T.S Eliot is one of my greatest poets,
this poem has a wonderful interior meaning.

FaReeDa from Egypt
Comment 28 of 821, added on October 27th, 2005 at 2:59 PM.

Alright, well I finally read this today, a bit late in life. I immediately
read it a second and third time and I keep coming back to the end with the
mermaids. The mermaids he has seen riding seaward, as free spirits. Beyond
the control of those on the land. He lingers dreaming of them, and being
envious of their freedom and courage. In the end though, when we listen to
those around us and take the words to heart, we drown. Simply awesome.

Patrick from United States
Comment 27 of 821, added on October 22nd, 2005 at 3:42 AM.

i have read this poem a lot of time and enjoyed it every time.It is a
wonderful poem...........

aftab from Pakistan
Comment 26 of 821, added on October 13th, 2005 at 3:36 PM.

Yup, Amber from Canada has got something. Hamlet is mentioned in this poem,
and he was a procrasinator.
At the end, he hears the mermaids: perhaps his true desires? But the human
voices wake him, which could be criticism from society, and he no longer
hears the mermaids.

Patrick from Canada
Comment 25 of 821, added on October 10th, 2005 at 12:38 AM.

Ok, lots of enthusiasm- lots of missing the boat, here. Prufrock is a man
that is letting life pass him by. He doesn't have the nerve to speak to
the One he loves (If One...). He's getting on in years, he's balding, and
he's facing the prospect of a life alone... The eternal footman, people,
is DEATH! The preface means he's in a hell, and won't be getting out!
He's going to die without asking the apple of his eye on a date. He just
can't summon the guts, doesn't want to be humiliated... Very sad, really.
Prufrock was narcissitic, but so was Eliot himself, I believe.

Stephen Hyduke from United States
Comment 24 of 821, added on September 21st, 2005 at 12:26 PM.

I think Eliot is saying life is ridiculous, "full of high intent but a bit
obtuse." The path of life is "tedious" and full of "insidious intent". But
if we dare to presume upon life and love, we can "disturb the universe" and
it insidious and obtuse nature. The "eternal footman" awaits us all and all
are afraid but it is of no great matter. We continue to "prepare a face for
the faces that we meet", "measure our lives in coffeespoons" and realize as
we grow "old and thin" that we have known it all and love is the best of
what we know. We murder time but create through love. If we don't love we
might as well be "ragged claws scuttling across the floors of silent seas."

Ann Lerew from United States
Comment 23 of 821, added on August 21st, 2005 at 8:51 PM.

I think Prufrock has been a detached observer of life in the upper
socio-economic circles. "I hear the mermaids singing each to each,I do not
think they will sing to me". He is discussing his aging and the effect it
has on his place in this world of society inwhich he is an observer. For
those of you who are young and loving this poem, fair warning, it will stay
with you all of your life!

m.snow from United States
Comment 22 of 821, added on August 20th, 2005 at 2:28 PM.

I am swallowed in the inadvertant intensity of this poem. Eliot attests
through his defining character, Prufrock, the broken, illicit, and scarred
thoughts of a man seeking an answer from the ever deep abyss of "love."
Prufrock silences the reader in the eleventh line and invites us to hear
his story and we are confronted with a personal journey through societies
emotional pitfalls and bitter hindrances. We see a man writhing against
apparent odds to reach a place in mind and spirit in which he can breach
the tremulous tides of stigmas and ask the question that lies in the
swarthy mist between men and women in quest of the truth that is between
them.

Britta 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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