T.S. Eliot’s "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" Introduction -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 Rhyme -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 Love -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 Allusions...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. References Eliot, T.S. The Love Story of J. Alfred Prufrock.