What are the themes of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"?

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One theme of this poem is time. Prufrock complains that "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons." One meaning of that statement is that Prufrock has frittered his life away in small, pointless activities. Yet he is obsessed with time. He is getting older, has a bald spot, and has to keep reassuring himself that there it still time. In fact, in the fourth stanza, he shows his obsession with time by repeating the word time over and over again, thinking,

There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions . . . .

The word "time" appears elsewhere in the poem, showing that it is a central preoccupation for Prufrock. Yet the more he tries to capture time, the more it eludes him. He keeps saying there will be enough time for what he wants to do, but a central

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