In T. S. Eliot's poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," what are Prufrock's views about love?

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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!’” [41]). 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!’” [45]). 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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