The Love Song Of J Alfred Prufrock Analysis

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When going through life, the fear of being unlovable tends to go through every person’s mind at some point. J. Alfred Prufrock in the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” takes this fear to a whole new level. When reading the title of the poem, the reader would more than likely think that it was going to be a beautiful love song. Although, as the poem goes on its obvious that it is the exact opposite of that. T. S. Elliot takes what is a promise of a love song and turns it into more of a persistent reminder of how Prufrocks life is lonely and unfulfilling. Throughout the poem, Elliot uses irony in as many aspects as he could. The title is probably the most ironic of all. When a person thinks of a love song, usually they think of the author going on and on about their affections for their significant other and how in love they are. Although not every love song ends like a fairytale, they at least mention the love they had with another person. In Elliot’s case, it’s all opposite. In a way, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is more of a fake love song if anything. Elliot also uses irony when talking about setting. A love song would usually take place somewhere that is peaceful and serene. The description that the reader gets from Prufrock is more of town where people go to …show more content…
At first, “you” would be thought of as a women Prufrock is maybe in love with. As the poem goes on it becomes evident that that is not the case, therefore “you” must be the reader. Things start to become more clear and the poem is seen more as Prufrock taking the reader on a journey where he is showing them what his life is like. Prufrock states, “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons” (51). This shows that Prufrock’s life is rather dull and pitiful. He’s basically stating that he lives from one cup of coffee to the next, and that’s about as exciting as it

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