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The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock

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“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” published in 1915, was written by a man named T.S. Eliot. The speaker of the poem begins to describe an evening that appears to be somewhat romantic and a little mysterious. As the reader progresses into the poem, the mood soon fades and the reader starts to figure out that this evening is not what they pictured. “Acquainted with the Night” is a poem written by Robert Frost. The poem was first published in 1927. The speaker of the poem has a similar mood as Eliot’s poem. One character can not seem to fit in at a tea party and the other character has drifted into the streets at night. Both of the characters are in situations that are not pleasing to the majority of people. The characters are both placed in a position that implies a distasteful and gloomy mood for the readers to experience. Both the imagery and tone of these two poems presents the reader with the conclusion that both poems can represent loneliness as their leading theme. In Eliot’s poem, the speaker is a man. His name is J. Alfred Prufrock. Throughout Eliot’s poem there is dramatic monologue, which means the character reveals himself through thought and meaning. Prufrock is a man who is self-conscious. The reader can conclude this by reading that the speaker doesn’t feel comfortable with approaching women because of his appearance. He focuses on what women might notice about him, “They will say: How his hair is growing thin!” (line 41). “Do I dare disturb the universe?”
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