What is the narrator trying to express when he thinks "I should have been a pair of ragged claws/ Scuttling across the floors of silent seas"?

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All of what has been said in previous answers is correct; however, noting the stream-of-consciousness form used in this poem, the line must be taken as Prufrock's internal aside, a thought he has to himself as he considers his options.  He wants to bring up his "overwhelming question," yet he knows not how to introduce his ideas into the conversation.  He fears, as is seen in his previous worries about how people view him, with his bald spot and scrawny legs, how his thoughts will be recieved.  He must think his question important because he thinks it has the ability to sum up the universe:

To have squeezed the universe into a ball
To roll it toward some overwhelming question,
To say: "I am Lazarus, come from the dead,
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all"—

Still, he fears that presenting his thoughts in this social circle will bring him ridicule.  He fears more time "pinned and wriggling on the wall" where he will be scrutinized and critcized for his differing opinons. ...

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