"The Women Come And Go Talking Of Michelangelo"

Context: The title of this poem is deeply ironic, because the speaker is a man far too timid ever to sing a love-song, or, indeed, ever to express what he really thinks. He is a guest at a reception at which the other guests are oppressively intellectual. He is never a part of the conversation: he is too shy and self-conscious to meet the company on equal terms. He is miserable and bored, yet his shyness prevents him from leaving, for he is afraid of being laughed at. The pretentious intellectuality and the brittle conversation of the guests at the party are summed up in the description of the women, as Prufrock hesitates between staying and summoning up enough courage to leave.

In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.
And indeed there will be time
To wonder, "Do I dare?" and, "Do I dare?"
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my hair. . . .