T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”


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Essay #: 068861
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The beginning:
T.S. Eliot’s "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
-Eliot uses end rhyme to control meter and present whimsy in the story
-Fantasy is important to reflect the intelligence of Prufrock
-Prufrock is an intelligent man, educated, demonstrated by articulation and literary allusions
-sets the tone of fantasy and imagination
-gives the poem a sense of impermanence
-does not paint Prufrock as an intentional man
-Eliot restricts himself to a meter and rhyme
-Prufrock plays situations out in his head, rather than attempt them
-this demonstrated internal conflict with Prufrock and his ability
-does not understand love’s depth, speaks of parties and sex
-established a tone of intelligence, but cowardice for Prufrock
The end:
.....us, come from the dead,
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all”—
If one, settling a pillow by her head,
Should say: “That is not what I meant at all.
That is not it, at all.”
Within all of this education and flickering self-confidence, Prufrock remains a figure of fidgeting uncomfortability. He ultimately cannot make the most minor of decisions, despite working out larger situations in his head:
I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me.
Eliot, T.S. The Love Story of J. Alfred Prufrock.