The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Elioit

T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock is a poem about love and indecision. Throughout the poem, Prufrock reveals his own inadequacies: “With a bald spot in the middle of my hair” or “‘But how his arms and legs are thin!'” Prufrock worries what others think about him and cares about his outward appearance. He creates a face that he wants others to see: “There will be time to prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.” Most importantly, he worries about how his love interest sees him. With all the time there is for everything, he cannot find it in him to “drop a question on your plate” and find out whether his love is requited. His indecision stems from how lowly he thinks of himself. So lowly that he says he should have been a crayfish. As time passes and he gets older (and balder) he admits, “And in short, I was afraid.” In his older age, that seemingly unlimited time he once had has since depleted.

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2 thoughts on “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Elioit

  1. After reading the poem it is very clear that aging is a major theme. Eliot goes so far to say, “I grow old… I grow old…”. However, with age Eliot illustrates how it brings many experiences. Some of these experiences aren’t always successful and most need revisions writing, “And for a hundred visions and revisions”. Eliot also says, “I am no prophet”. I took Eliot’s words to mean that while he has had these experiences and knowledge people should not take his words without any of your own considerations.

  2. It is obvious that time is a major subject in this poem as he offers many different examples of what it means to age. But what time frame of his life is it actually set in? It seems that he switches from things he wants to happen in the future to things that he resents in the past. How does that switching effect the theme of aging, love or indecision?

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