J Alfred Prufrock Allusion

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In T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” the epigraph is an allusion to Dante's Inferno, and it contributes to the meaning of the poem in multiple ways. One way is the epigraph suggests that the following poem will illustrate a kind of infernal experience and add to the dark mood of the poem. In Dante's Inferno, the hero, Guido, descends into the nine consecutive levels of Hell. Similarly, Prufrock is falling into his own Hell, starting at the skyline going all the way down to the sea floor.
Another way the allusion contributes to the meaning of the poem is it implies secrecy as a theme. Guido secretly talks to Dante. Similarly, Prufrock talks with a sense of secrecy, which is shown when he says, "Let us go then, you and
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