A Love Song Thesis

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At the end of my freshman year, a couple days before summer, I realized that I barely at all talked with any girls at all, and I needed to change something in my life in order for me to be happier. Being one of 1650 students at an all boys school makes it difficult to be more outgoing and stand out. One thing that I did end up changing was the way that I carried myself, and the amount of work that I put in. Luckily for me things changed to be in my favor, the narrator in the poem, A Love Song by J. Alfred Prufrock and I have the same goals for women and fulfillment, but one lacks the courage to pursue what he wants. In the Love Song, by J. Alfred Prufrock, the narrator is completely aware of what could make him happy, but is still incapable…show more content…
Prufrock assures himself that he has enough time to do what he wants, “and time for all the works and days of hands” (Eliot 27-28). In this text, Prufrock alludes to Hesiod’s Works and Days, a poem that emphasizes the importance of making life meaningful and worthwhile, by having nothing held back in life, and living with no regrets. Contrast to the theme of Works and Days, Prufrock lives his life constantly regretting everything and has a meaningless life. Prufrock’s pressure to talk to women stems from wanting to seize the day and make his life fruitful and happy, but is more comfortable not trying than having a chance of failure. Prufrock explains how he can change his impression with a few minor changes, “For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse” (Eliot 34). In this text, Prufrock talks about how he can reverse time in terms of his feelings, how he can be unhappy, happy, and unhappy in seconds because of his decisions, and the revisions of those decisions. Prufrock explains what goes through his head when he talks about women, and how systematically he analyzes himself. Prufrock is a man who enjoys leisure, and his approach to women is very uptight and systematic, which is polar to his true self. Even if Prufrock makes the right decisions and revisions in talking with women, he will not be fulfilled with that women until he is his true, relaxed self. The narrator sets the tone of the poem To His Coy Mistress, “Had we but world enough and time” (Marvell 1). Throughout the entire poem, Prufrock consistently talks about his fading youth, and how he says that there will be time. This talk of time and a carpe diem theme alludes to Andrew Marvell’s poem, To His Coy Mistress. Similar to the narrator,
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