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T.S. Elliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”: Poem & Analysis

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Sold Out. Modern Intro Pete's Best A Bloody Mess Awkward Poetry Arzack Stars Steven Says Tags pop indie pop indie rock indiepop twee twee pop Cleveland. Bandcamp Album of the Day Feb 20, go to album. On Bandcamp Radio. Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach? I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think they will sing to me. I have seen them riding seaward on the waves Combing the white hair of the waves blown back When the wind blows the water white and black. Muttering retreats is making reference to the fact that when anyone says anything to Prufrock, he mutters a response.

Restless nights means that he stays up during the night. Lines make reference to a famous Italian painting by the artist Michelangelo. Many women are entering and leaving the room. Since they are talking about a respectable topic, that being the painting, the reader can assume that they are relatively high class women, but Prufrock seems not to really care that they are leaving as he watches them come and go. This stanza reveals one of Prufrock's flaws in character; procrastination.

The recurrence of this stanza indicates that more and more women come and go while implying the consistency of his procrastination. Prufrock is emphasizing that he is torn apart because he continually second guesses himself. He keeps on insisting he has enough time for the overwhelming question. The reader starts to question his confidence, bravery and his insecurity with Prufrock.

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He starts to worry about what others will think of his appearance. The only thing he concurs with when it comes to his self image is his clothing he wears showing a small gain in confidence.

At this point, the reader is well aware about Prufrock's flaw in character along with all his insecurities. Since he never elaborates about what happens between all of the tea and coffee he has consumed, the reader can summarize that nothing has really happened, and nothing is worth mentioning. One of his biggest fears is public opinion, so judgemental people is definitely an endeavour for him.

Prufrock starts to judge others in the gathering, just as he had feared in the prior stanza. This reveals his own sort of judgemental state of mind which makes him a hypocrite. This admiration builds tension for him as he procrastinates yet again and not completing his overwhelming question.

He openly admits that he is worried about fulfilling the big plan because he got sidetracked by her physique. Prufrock seems as if he will stop procrastinating and spark a conversation. He plans out how his conversation will go. He uses imagery to explain the proposition of his conversation.

The subject is Prufrock himself and talks about a man who is very lonely and melancholy. The imagery makes Prufrock not look very confident or aesthetically pleasing man, probably not the best thing to say to start a conversation. Prufrock uses an immense amount of imagery in these two lines in order to give an accurate self-evaluation.

He wishes that he was born as a crab or something of that nature. The quote "scuttling across the floors of silent seas," may reveal a reference as Prufrock as a shellfish animal.

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The reason is because they are often hiding, rarely come out and when they do come out nothing climatic happens. The concept of time is once again reiterated, as well as the emphasis on how all the time fuses into one solid memory.

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Even though, um, he has seen his head on a platter. The quote "no great matter. He reflects upon all of the parties he has gone too; after all those cups of coffee and tea, was it worth while? He references how he wishes it were as easy as eating a cookie than having to deal with his dilemma.

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