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

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Comment 34 of 824, added on November 26th, 2005 at 11:31 AM.

i have never been taken to any poem as i have been taken to the love song
yy Eliot..
The more i read it, the deep i love it..
The deeo i love it, the more i understand the human life..
Eliot draws our detailed thin lines in the deep side of our internal
understandings of what is going around...

waed from Jordan
Comment 33 of 824, added on November 15th, 2005 at 12:19 AM.

I have a friend who read this poem to me allowed. The weight of his words
make it clear that he thinks of Prufrock as a hero! I had never seen him
in this light before; I always thought that Eliot was using Prufrock to
show how weak men are, and specifically how weak our society makes us. The
night- "the etherised patient" -seems v. much like the people in the poem
-- they're drugged into sleep, waiting for surgery.
As for the Mermaids, they're signing "each to each"; to no one else. I
think it's easy to get from singing mermaids to the sirens in the Odyssey
or to Lorelei. So these females -- all interchangeable in the poem -- are
here being linked to sirens, who sing to Odysseus of his GLORY. Odysseus'
vanity would keep him there, entranced, till he died. Prufroc isn't worthy
of the sirens' songs. What would they have to sign about? His "kleos"? he
has none. How he measures his life out in coffee spoons?... so they sing
"each to each," b/c NO MEN have any glory worthy of their song.
When Prufrock imagines a life where he could ask the Question, what does he
mean by asking it like this: "'I am Lazarus, come from the dead,/Come back
to tell you all, I shall tell you all'--"?
Finally, is there any hope for Alfie? Is there anyone who can show me that
Eliot didn't so condescend to write this foolish, cowardly character? I
would really like to think he was redeeming qualities. Where are they?
Our shameANDguilt-based culture turns us into Prufrock, as we go about our
daily or nightly routine.
Does the view of this poem condemn us to live tedious lives? Does Eliot
offer any counter-examples? Is Prufrock a counter-example? I don't think
so, but like I said, the way this guy read it to me, it sounded like P.
changed into a capable, courageous person at the end.

NO,LAdy from United States
Comment 32 of 824, added on November 13th, 2005 at 10:45 PM.

I have read this poem about a million and one times and I still can't get
enough of it. The more I read through it the more I find and the more I
begin to wonder. You can read it and take on so many different approaches
to analyzing it. I just love it! T.S. Eliot is an amazing writer and will
always mesmorize me!!!

Kelli from United States
Comment 31 of 824, 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 824, 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 824, 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 824, 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 824, 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 824, 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 824, 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

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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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