Essay on The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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Pitiful Prufrock

In the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot discloses views and feelings of the poem’s subject, Prufrock. By not declaring directly and permitting the reader to draw their own expectations Eliot adds significance and rewards the reader (Ames). The Act is introduced by a quotation from Dante’s La Davina Commedia. In it, a character from Hell agrees to tell his story, supposing no one will return from Hell to retell his story (The Love Song). Without the remnants of the poem, the quote means little, but it is the ploy Eliot used to give the reader a clue. It may seem unconnected until placed in the context of the whole poem (Ames). The poem is set as a monologue since the presenter refers to a listener as “you:” “Let us go you and I,” This lets the reader know that what is being said is being said to another person. Since a dramatic monologue normally reveals character traits the speaker is unaware of, Eliot uses this to give the reader a clue about to how to read his poem (Ames). Eliot sets a scene with a recurring phrase, “In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo”. This more than likely places the scene at a social event. The setting is one of light sophistication (Ames). Slowly, Eliot starts to give information about Prufrock, as a character. In his lines he depicts a man with great fears and insecurities. He is anxious about a bald spot in his hair and what others might say about it. He longs for something very much, yet is…

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