Analysis of T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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Analysis of T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' demonstrates the effects of social and economic pressure in the life of a Victorian man. T.S. Eliot shows us, in an ironic monologue, how the reality of age and social position paralyzes his character with fear. The poem opens with six lines from Dante?s ?Infernio?. This particular stanza explains that the speaker is in hell and the message can only be told to someone else in hell. The speaker tells us that it is OK for the listener to hear the message, since in order to hear you must already be in hell and no one ever returns from there. So the message will never leave. I believe Eliot uses this message to infer that only a…show more content…
I believe he is trying to gather the courage to approach one of these ladies (42-43&45-46) but looses the courage as quickly as it came to him. He then laments about his indecision and lack of courage, ?in a minute there is time/ For decision and revisions with a minute will reverse?. The theme of Prufrock?s fickle thoughts run throughout the poem, as illustrated in his confidence about his outfit and taste, then just the next line he his back to the insecurity about his age ?But how his arms and legs are thin.? (45) Prufrock goes on to tell the reader of his experience ?I have known them all--/Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,?(50) describing the stages of his life from his youth through his young adulthood to his present state, as a middle aged man. He feels the age and eventual death of not only himself but of the society he is a part of. He hears ?voices dying.....Beneath the music from a farther room?(52-53), and realizes that he is at the end of his time. I think he realizes that he is not a member of the modern society, nor am I sure he wants to be. But he does feel that he is watched like a specimen ?formulated, sprawling on a pin?(57). But unlike a bug in a bug collection, he is still alive and tortured ?wriggling on the wall?(58). He realizes that his customs are a part of the past, but he is unable to
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