T. S. Elliot's The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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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 …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 gets. The question, who is J. Alfred Prufrock, is something that comes to mind while reading the poem. Although Prufrock seems to want to be a imaginative man who isn’t afraid to do anything, he is seen more as a lonely, hopeless man who is alienating himself from being able to pursue his dreams. Prufrock is seen having a lack of confidence when it comes to how other women view him. “With a bald spot in the middle of my hair …show more content…
The Mermaids are thought to be sirens who sing to men to lure them to death, but Prufrock believes that he’s not even good enough for them to sing to him. This really shows how little he thinks of himself. Prufrock believes that his best days are behind him, and that there is no going back. “I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker” (84). He is convinced that he will not be able to find love, because what women would want a man who isn’t in their prime. All of this amount to Prufrock not being able to believe in himself. If he could just believe in himself none of these other fears would

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