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

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Comment 39 of 859, added on February 27th, 2006 at 9:21 PM.

I think that he is not necessarily speaking to himself, Prufrock could be
speaking to other men like him.
At the mermaids part, Prufrock hears them (singing each to each not to
him), then he sees them, then he swims with them, then he wakes up, and
THEN, after waking up, he drowns. I think that he drowns into some kind of
depression because when he wakes up from his dream he realizes that he will
never be with the mermaids.

Guillermo from Mexico
Comment 38 of 859, added on January 10th, 2006 at 6:28 AM.

I think Stephen from USA has it right. It's about a man who thinks he has
wasted most of his life, but he's still too scared to do anything to change
it. He's talking about how lots of people now (or back in 1915...) live
fake lives not doing what they want, because they're worried about what
others think. "Till Human Voices Wake Us/And We Drown" is saying that if
you listen to what people think of you and if you take it to heart, you'll,
well, drown.

Edith from Australia
Comment 37 of 859, added on December 20th, 2005 at 12:47 AM.

I do agree with "Faith" . I think Eliot criticizes the illegale
relationship between man and woman.

Amy from United States
Comment 36 of 859, added on December 13th, 2005 at 12:32 AM.

I have read about this poem and foud that its original title is (Prufrock
among women).Prufock weasted his youth illegaly with women and when he
became old he started looking for a partener.
I realy wonder why men & women donot think about marriage untel they lost
their youth. They make illegal relationship when they are young and once
they become old they look for legal relationship .i think those who live
like this donot deserve to have happy family.

Faith from Yemen
Comment 35 of 859, added on December 11th, 2005 at 11:49 PM.

This poem is simply amazing. I can't get over how much deep meaning there
is, waiting to be uncovered.

Really, I agree with Amber from Canada. I think that this poem is not
about love, but about the possibility, or missed opportunity to find love.
It's about lost time, and the "what ifs" that accompany misplaced intent.
I think that this piece is a lighthouse to those who think they have all
the time in the world. It points instead to the rocky shoals, and reminds
us that although we may live for a hundred years, it is our actions and not
our intents that make us who we are.

Clayton R. from United States
Comment 34 of 859, 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 859, 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 859, 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 859, 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 859, 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

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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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