The attitudes toward love expressed in T. S. Eliot’s ironically titled poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” are various, but include the following:
- a strong sense of uncomfortable self-consciousness as Prufrock imagines himself being looked at, talked about, and found wanting by observers who are presumably female (“They will say: How his hair is growing thin!’” ). Prufruck seems to lack self-confidence, especially in his relations with women. Presumably it is women, too, who also preoccupy his thoughts a few lines later (“They will say: ‘But how his arms and legs are thin!’” ). Prufrock’s sense of his physical shortcomings may help explain why he seems so uncertain around women.
- a strong sense of erotic desire. Despite his discomfort, Prufrock does seem capable of...
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