The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is a Poem Written by T. S. Eliot

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Alfred Prufrock” is a poem written by T. S. Eliot in 1911. Prufrock is a fictional character with the poets intended audience being fictional as well. In this poem, Eliot uses multiple forms and meters in this monologue, rhyming couplets that have a song like quality while other lines are more like a free verse with no regular meter. Along with blank verse, the poet uses iambic meter which is also used by one of Eliot’s favorite authors, Shakespeare. This poem dramatizes the conflicts of a middle aged man that is wandering the city, alone and overcautious. He is full of questions, insecurities and the inability to follow through with his plans. In the form of a dramatic monologue, this modernistic poem is a journey into the mind of a man who may or may not be in love. J. Alfred Prufrock is a confused lonely soul that has many unanswered questions and lacks the ability to communicate with anyone but himself. The poet begins this 132 line monologue with an excerpt from Dante’s Inferno. This is a reference to a character named Guido da Montefeltro in which his soul has been damned to an eternity in hell. This is a reference to Prufrock who also believes that what he is contemplating feels like hell on earth.
Beginning in stanza 1, Prufrock invites you to join him on a journey. “Let us go then, you and I/When the evening is spread out against the sky.” (line 1, 2) Prufrock also suggests that he might not be comfortable on this walk, “Like a…