The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock Essay

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In the poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot, the speaker of the poem seems to be a bachelor going through a midlife crisis. The poem can be summarized as, tragic, sad, and emotional. These seem to be the qualities in the majority of poems about love. This is because most authors with successful relationships don’t write poetry. Prufrock’s love song is a tragedy because he isn’t having a successful love life, yet he is acutely aware of what successful relationships are like. Prufrock is a man with low spirits, trying his best to find the love of his life, but only wants the women with the highest standards. High class women that appreciate the arts are Prufrock’s goal.

Prufrock’s life seems to be a mess. He is trying to find love from any girl, that is within his standards. The girl’s do not seem to be interested. It may because of his tragic flaw of constantly being a depressing person. Even in the first stanza of the poem, he says, “When the evening is spread out against the sky/ Like a patient etherized upon a table;” (2-3). This doesn’t set the mood right for a romantic setting, by putting the image of a knocked out patient lying helpless on a table. It sets a very sad tone, with the image of a very helpless man. Prufrock can relate to the etherized patient, as he is helpless in the world of love. Prufrock might even be referring to himself as the patient, the operating room is the world of love and Prufrock is the patient sprawled out on the table…

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