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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

What does "women come and go "talking of Michangelo" mean in T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock?"

Something quite important, but not previously mentioned, is that this line is repeated twice in Eliot's poem. Noting this element of repetition, let's explore this line further in full context of...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2014 4:52 pm UTC

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Explain the line "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."

The speaker of T.S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is a disillusioned and discontented middle aged man who is reckoning with his own anxiety, alienation, and indecision. When...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2018 9:49 pm UTC

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

What is the "overwhelming question" in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," in reference to the epigram of Dante's...

Scholars and critics alike agree that the "overwhelming question" that is the focus of all of Prufrock's ponderings in the poem is most likely a marriage proposal, or a question of a woman's...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2009 12:09 am UTC

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Why does Eliot describe the fog as a cat in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock?" What is the effect of repeating...

The description of the fog as a cat is the use of personification. Eliot gives the fog the qualities of a living creature in order to give it more importance. The fog underlines the feeling of...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2009 10:51 am UTC

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons." What is the author saying about the way that Prufrock has lived and...

This statement evokes careful precision: Prufrock rations his life in slight doses, not allowing himself joy or excesses. It speaks to monotonous repetition, particularly in the context of the...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2016 9:26 pm UTC

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

What is the theme of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?

“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” explores many complex and important ideas, but I think it would be especially interesting to discuss the theme of love, given the poem’s title. Additionally,...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2020 8:10 am UTC

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Characterize the tone of Eliot’s "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock?"

We might describe the tone of Eliot's well-known poem as "bitterly impassive." Opening the poem with a faux-romantic invitation to explore the contemporary imagination, Eliot compares this little...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2015 5:28 pm UTC

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How is the epigraph at the beginning of T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" relevant to the meaning...

The epigraph at the beginning of T. S. Eliot’s poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is relevant to the rest of the poem in various ways, including the following: The epigraph comes from...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2011 3:27 am UTC

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Who is the speaker in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?

Although the speaker in this poem does not identify himself by name, it is fair to assume that he is the titular J. Alfred Prufrock. Prufrock, a middle-aged man wracked by his own chronic...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2018 11:43 am UTC

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Why is "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" a love song?

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is certainly no traditional love song, but that is why the poem is so unique. It is a love song as only its titular speaker could create: neurotic, awkward,...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2020 12:05 pm UTC

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Where are three examples where an elevated style of language is juxtaposed with ordinary speech? What point is Eliot...

As the terms imply, "ordinary speech" is the everyday language that you or I might use as we go about our daily lives. "Elevated language" sounds poetic because it uses literary devices such as...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2018 6:25 pm UTC

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

What is the meaning of this quote from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"? "I have measured out my life in coffee...

You might find it helpful, when considering this question, to ask yourself the following question: Does a life that is measured out by "coffee spoons" seem to be a life that has been exciting and...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2011 2:26 am UTC

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How does the repetition in "Tonight I can Write" by Pablo Neruda and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S....

The repetition in this poems is of differing styles therefore serves different purposes and has different effects. Simply put, the effect of repetition on Neruda's poem is that it produces a hollow...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2013 12:04 am UTC

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In lines 15-25 of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufock," what is being indirectly compared to what? How many details...

As was mentioned in the previous post, T.S. Eliot uses an extended metaphor that compares the fog to an alley cat throughout the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." Eliot associates the...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2017 11:50 am UTC

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

What are the physical and emotional qualities of the narrator in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot?

Physically, Prufrock is described to have thin limbs and hair with a bald spot. His appearance is neat: My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin, My necktie rich and modest, but...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2016 7:57 pm UTC

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In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," what kind of person is J. Alfred Prufrock?

In T. S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," it is the indecisive nature of the protagonist, Prufrock himself, which takes centerstage. Prufrock is the speaker in the poem, which is...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2019 4:42 pm UTC

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Who are the "you" and the "I" in the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot?

In this poem, the "you" is referring to a couple different possible entities. The first is the woman to whom the narrator is speaking, the one that he is enamored with and wants to ask the...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2010 12:30 am UTC

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"Let us go then you and I"—who is the "you" in this line ?

The "you" in this poem is ambiguous. It could be another person Prufrock is speaking to with whom he is going to the party. He could be talking to himself. He could even be inviting the reader to...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019 9:21 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of each line of the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?

I have heard the mermaids singing each to each I do not think they will sing to me. Prufrock is an intelligent and well-educated man, but he suffers from a paralyzing lack of self-esteem. His...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2018 12:55 am UTC

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Explain how the opening epigraph from Dante’s Inferno relates to the poem. How does the speaker in the epigraph...

The six line epigraph from Dante's Inferno translates as: If I thought that my reply were given to anyone who might return to the world, this flame would stand forever still; but since never from...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2018 10:04 am UTC

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what is the significance of the epigraph in Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock? What do thesee two voices...

Eliot often uses allusions and intertextuality of this kind in his poetry and, indeed, often uses text in foreign languages without translating it. In this way, he rewards the more diligent reader:...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2018 11:54 am UTC

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What is an example of alienation in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?

Poor Prufrock—all he wants is a woman to love, but he can't muster up the courage to talk one! He's too stuck in his head, self-conscious, and awkward, and he overthinks everything. The repetition...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020 1:09 am UTC

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What is the main idea of the poem" the love song" by Alfred Prufrock? What have we learned about his thoughts about...

T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is the monologue of a sexually frustrated middle-aged man with unfulfilled desires and an "overwhelming question" (which is never specifically...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2010 12:15 am UTC

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Who is Prufrock speaking to and why? Prufrock is speaking and asking his listener to not ask questions but to listen....

This is a very interesting question and really gets to the heart of the poem. As Eliot quotes from Dante's Inferno in the epigraph to the poem, it could be argued that the speaker functions as...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2012 11:09 am UTC

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What is the role of women in the poem "The Lover Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?

In a word: Perplexing. Women appear in several places in the poem, both directly and indirectly. He notes that In the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo. In context, the women in...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 8:29 pm UTC

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What are three questions that Prufrock asks himself? Why are they significant?

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is a dramatic monologue that occurs in the thoughts of the title character. Over the course of his reflections about his date (whether they take place in real...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019 12:09 am UTC

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How does Prufrock differentiate himself from Hamlet ?

Of Hamlet, J. Alfred Prufrock says, I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;Am an attendant lord, one that will doTo swell a progress, start a scene or two,Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2019 11:17 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the mermaids in the last stanzas of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?

The mermaids represent the world of the imagination, which is a contrast to the sordid world of London described in the early lines of the poem, as well as to the dull party (like countless others)...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2018 11:55 am UTC

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What is the stream of consciousness and how is it exemplified in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock?"

Stream-of-consciousness writing usually involves the narrator speaking of whatever comes into their head, without any predictable or planned structure or topic. It is as if you set your thoughts...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2011 3:57 am UTC

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Why does the speaker of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" tell us more than once that the women "come and go /...

The narrator, Prufrock, repeats that the "women come and go / Talking of Michelangelo" because this emphasizes how many times he has been to a party just like this one, talking about the same...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2019 12:10 pm UTC

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In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" who/what do the mermaids represent, and why does Prufrock not think that...

The protagonist of T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is a middle-aged man, socially awkward and somewhat shy, who is attracted to younger, beautiful women. He is very conventional...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2017 1:49 am UTC

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What are Prufrock's major concerns in T.S. Eliot's poem, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?

Prufrock's main concern is that he is frittering his life away with meaningless activities while longing to do better things. He worries about the contrast between the sordid everyday world he...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2018 3:23 pm UTC

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," the speaker (Prufrock) compares the sunset to a "patient etherised upon a...

The speaker does not compare the sunset to "a patient etherised upon a table," but says: Let us go then, you and I,When the evening is spread out against the skyLike a patient etherized upon a...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2013 10:31 pm UTC

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Which Lines From "the Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock" Provide An Example Of Stream Of Consciousness?

Stream-of-consciousness was a style of writing that matured in the early twentieth century to counteract what writers like Virginia Woolf or T.S. Eliot believed was too much emphasis on external...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2017 12:12 pm UTC

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What are some examples of figures of speech in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?

All poets use figures of speech, but the path-breaking nature of "Prufrock" lies in the unique way Eliot creates his metaphors and similes and deliberately jolts the reader with them. The most...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2020 4:03 pm UTC

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What universal messages are communicated in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock?"

One of the universal messages communicated in the poem is the idea of individual insignificance. Prufrock is a timid man who knows he is no one important in the grand scheme of life. He has "seen...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019 11:00 pm UTC

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What genre of poetry is T.S. Eliot working with in "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock?"

"The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock," by T.S. Eliot, is considered a dramatic monologue. Some call the poem the "first Modernist poem." The poem is described as a "drama of literary anguish," and...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2011 1:28 pm UTC

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In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" he is trying to get the courage to declare his love to a woman. What lines...

There are a lot of lines that indicate his nervousness. Take a look at this one: "there will be time/To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." He is so nervous that he feels he must...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2009 8:13 am UTC

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In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," what is the major conflict presented in the poem?

The major conflict of the poem is an internal one for the narrator, J. Alfred Prufrock: character versus self. Prufrock is ambivalent about posing a significant question to a woman. It is perhaps a...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2017 1:29 am UTC

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Is this thesis statement good? "In T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" the literary allusions...

Yes, I agree with others. Your thesis is acceptable at this stage, but could be greatly improved through further precise mention of the various problems as suggested in the very helpful posting...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2011 8:00 am UTC

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How is dramatic monologue used in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" to reveal Prufrock's character?

In a dramatic monologue, a poem's narrator speaks to an unseen person, who does not answer back, and in doing so reveals aspects of his character. Prufrock appears to be speaking to himself in a...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2017 12:20 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the "three peat" of the line "So how should I presume?" in "The Love Song of J. Alfred...

This question highlights many of the issues and insecurities that Prufrock talks about within the poem. "So how should I presume" is Prufrock asking, "Who am I to ask such an important question,...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2009 7:38 am UTC

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In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" why does he keep repeating,”there will be time,there will be time”?

The guidelines of this website allow for one question a day; I rather suspect that you are sneaking in more than that. I suggest keeping to the guidelines, and submitting the second question that...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2009 12:27 pm UTC

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Why do you think Eliot opens "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" with an allusion to Dante's epic poem? Explain the...

Eliot alludes to Dante's Inferno, Dante's account of his journey through Hell under the guidance of the spirit of the poet Virgil, in order to highlight the banality of Prufrock's frustration and...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2009 2:41 am UTC

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What does “To have squeezed the universe into a ball / To roll it toward some overwhelming question” mean? Kindly...

This is one of those all too brief moments in the poem when Prufrock seems on the brink of seizing the day and abandoning himself to his carnal desires. In the quoted line above, Eliot alludes to a...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2019 4:50 am UTC

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Discuss the modern concept of the anti-hero in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." What question was Prufrock...

Prufrock is an anti-hero in that, as well as his unprepossessing appearance, he's also somewhat backward at putting himself forward. Traditionally, we think of heroes as brave figures who...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2019 12:35 pm UTC

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Why did T. S. Eliot write the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?

There is not a known explicit statement of purpose from Eliot on his intent in writing this poem, but the reader can construct some ideas based on Eliot's life, history, and the construction of the...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019 1:37 pm UTC

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In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," why will Prufrock wear his trousers rolled and why won't the mermaids sing...

Throughout the course of this poem, Prufrock reveals, through the stream-of-consciousness style of writing, all of his insecurities and fears about himself and his life. He cares greatly for a...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2010 2:01 am UTC

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What is the climax of the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and why is the climax important?

The climax of “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock” can be found near the end of the poem in stanza 15. The poem revolves around “the question” that Prufrock is considering asking, but he is an...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019 9:20 pm UTC

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"Let us go then, you and I..." In the opening lines of the poem, who does the speaker refer to by the...

I have always thought that the "you" that is addressed is the other self that J. Alfred Prufrock has been forced to create so that he can communicate and converse in a way that he is unable to do...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2011 7:54 am UTC

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