The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot

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Why is "we" important in the line "Till human voices wake us, and we drown"?

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Elliot started writing "the love song of J Alfred Prufrock" when he was just 18. What could have been a silly love poem, turns into the philosophical wonderings of moderninsm with Ellliot's use of the plural. Elliot is commenting on the alienation of the individual in society, when if musing to himself, he still uses...

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We portrays more than one person.  In this poem the narrotor first started out with us speaking of himself and the women he was anticipated on telling that he loved her. When the word we is brought about, the narrotor is not only speaking of just 1 or 2 people but everyone.

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