I'll Prove You Rock in T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is know to be a particularly melancholic poem. It shows the world through the eyes of a regretful middle-aged man. The tone of this poem is distress, Eliot creates it with imagery, repetition, and breaking of the fourth wall. Throughout “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, Prufrock constantly refers to things that could have been. He uses repetition in the fourth stanza, repeating the phrase ‘there will be time’ five times in two stanzas, until he says “there will be time to wonder … ‘Do I dare disturb the universe’” (37-46). Prufrock is anxious of whether he can do something influential that would provoke the universe. His thought on his ability to disturb the universe is a question of the importance which his life and existence bear in the larger scheme of things. In the sixth stanza he refers to time for decisions, visions and revisions. He rebuts this by saying that “In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute can reverse” (47-48). By repeating a phrase which states there will be time, Prufrock continually emphasizes that there might as well be an infinite amount of time. Despite having so much time to do so much, it only takes a mere few minutes to undo all that has been done. Having realized this, Prufrock is anxious of whether his life is meaningful, or if he is simply a waste of space. The phrase involving how there will be time is repeated in stanzas four and six. Despite having all of this time,

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