The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay

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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 whither away. Elliot describes the town as having “Half-deserted streets… One night cheap hotels / And sawdust restaurants with oyster shells” (4-7). None of these places would be brought to mind…

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