In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," what does Prufrock mean when he thinks, "Do I dare disturb the universe"?

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Prufrock, the protagonist of this poem, has convinced himself that he is not a person meant to play the main role even in his own life — he is not "Prince Hamlet," but instead an "attendant lord," someone who can suffice to serve other, more popular and important people, but not somebody who might ever be remembered. The women in the poem "come and go," and Prufrock is an outsider looking in on their conversations; seemingly, there is one woman in particular with whom Prufrock is particularly taken, but he feels that approaching her would be disturbing the natural order of the universe, in which Prufrock is a man unfit even to be sung to by sirens. The end of the poem alludes to Classical mythology, in which the female sirens captivated passing sailors and lured them to their deaths; this happened to all male sailors, but Prufrock feels that he is so...

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