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

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How has your understanding of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock been shaped by your context? How has your understanding of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock been shaped by your context?

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I have to agree with #4 and the comment that this poem is a classic that grows with us as we mature and develop. Most people encounter it either in High School or at University, and certainly the universal and timeless themes of angst and anxiety about what others think about us and the way in which indecisiveness can ruin our lives certainly strike a chord in all first-time readers. However, now that I am advancing in years, I find the poem less funny and more terrifying than anything. The fact that Prufrock never makes it to his destination and seems to be trapped in his journey to nowhere...

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Elliott's "The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock is a mainstay of English classes introducing the complex world of TS Elliott. Many students will still sympathize, and even empathize, with the poem’s preoccupation with such concerns as loneliness, self-consciousness, fear of the opposite sex, the desire to live meaningfully in a trivializing culture, and pervasive feelings of futility and failure.

These ideas that you see in the poem are greatly enhanced by your own position as you read it. One person who is lonely can see loneliness; one person who is unable to speak to the opposite sex will see another theme, etc.

The poem is greatly shaped by ones perspective. Here it is not enough space to analyze the poem, but you should have a good idea of the perspective of the poem from your own position in life.

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