Comment on the title of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot.

Asked on by ruchinka

2 Answers | Add Yours

thanatassa's profile pic

thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted on

The title of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot itself suggests the incongruity of traditional poetic expression with the modern world. The notion of a love song suggests a romantic poem, perhaps along the lines of a Petrarchan sonnet, in which the lover portrays his longing for the beauty and charms of his beloved. On the other hand, the form of the name J. Alfred Prufrock is precisely the opposite of romantic, evoking formal modes of address that might be used in the signature of a business letter or on a business card. This presents to the reader an image not of a romantic youth who is the typical protagonist of love songs, but rather of a rather old fashioned fussy middle-aged man, the character as he is described in the lines:

"My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the
My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a
     simple pin ..."

jaaanp's profile pic

jaaanp | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted on

there lot of where we can find love relted thing and i am also search lot of love relted things i found one most effecive about love quotes, statuses


We’ve answered 319,864 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question