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

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Comment 24 of 824, 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 824, 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 824, 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

Britta from United States
Comment 21 of 824, added on August 4th, 2005 at 4:43 AM.

The poem 'Love song of J Alfred Prufrock' is indeed the most amazing poem
ever read, as Eliot uses assonance and repetition throughout it to
reinforce the fact that Prufock is , yes, alone and that, yes, he is afraid
of action, however Prufrock justifies his inaction on the fact that he
believes(and he is probably right) that he will not be accepted and will on
the other hand be mocked, in it's context which was the early 20th Century
it is understandable as society was based and divided among socio economic
status hence references to porcelain and women(upper class) talking of
michelangelo. Prufrock is basically a figure tortured by his own neurosis
that happen to be a bi-prduct of the discriminant society in which he
lives. PS i am only in 10th grade so don't hate on me if you don't think my
analysis is valid.

Toby from Australia
Comment 20 of 824, added on June 21st, 2005 at 9:02 PM.

I don't think Prufrock feels that he has had a wasted life. Rather, I think
he thinks he would rather spend his life wallowing in things that are
simple, perhaps enjoyable, and very surface (the women coming and going
talking of michelangelo), than confronting that universal question, that
Hamlet, or that Michelangelo.

beautiful poem

taylor from United States
Comment 19 of 824, added on June 19th, 2005 at 12:32 PM.

I think it's a beautiful poem, even though it's been quite hard for me to
"To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet"
I especially liked this verse, itīs oh so touching.
Donīt you think?

Isabel from Chile
Comment 18 of 824, added on May 29th, 2005 at 2:11 PM.

I really loved the hidden concepts in this poem. I love how someone
simple-minded could hear this poem and just enjoy the flow of the words and
let it wash over them and then someone brilliant could hear it and be able
to uncover all the poem's wonderful meanings and morals. I'd also like to
say that I really agree with amber form Canada's opinions on the poem. i
think she really hit the nail on the head with the way she read between the
lines and found it's meaning. So for anyone who has written to find the
meaning of the poem read comment #17. cheers!

victoria from United Kingdom
Comment 17 of 824, added on May 9th, 2005 at 1:33 PM.

i like this poem. but i cant understand.

Donald from United States
Comment 16 of 824, added on May 3rd, 2005 at 4:50 PM.

I think the poem isn't about love at all but about a man who never took any
chances in life. He's grown old and realized that he hasn't done anything
to make him stand out in life, never done anything to be remembered by. He
keeps saying there's time and he still has time to do something meaningful
but then is too scared to act because he's afraid of other peoples opinions
and what they will think of him (and they will so 'Oh! How he's grown
thin!). In the end this poems moral is: never put off until tomorrow
something you can do today.

amber from Canada
Comment 15 of 824, added on May 3rd, 2005 at 8:03 AM.

i think the most striking idea of the poem is belonging nowhere(etherized
patient,neither alive nor dead;deserted islands and the athmosphere)living
with superficial people poet feels estranged;however he has no strenght to
change his life.

aycan from Turkey

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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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