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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


Eliot is a peculiar character. Much like Poe, Eliot uses a lot of visual language to depict his scenes to his readers. He has a true talent for writing visuals. He makes a believer out of every reader, you believe what he is saying even if you don’t quite understand it. That’s powerful. How can you make someone believe something they don’t even understand? That’s the power of poetry. In The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Eliot makes you believe that this poem is a love story to an absolutely ravishing woman. The reality? It is a love letter of sorts but not to a woman, not even a person. It is an ode to the beauty of life and living. This should be obvious in the line, “When the evening is spread out against the sky …” Also, the line, “And seeing that it was a soft October night, Curled once about the house, and fell asleep,” it reaveals to the reader exactly how much the man enjoys the sweet moments in life. The confusion lies in Eliot’s references to the magnificent work of Michealangelo and the line, “Stretched on th efloor, here beside you and me.” Though he is in love with a woman in the poem, the entire poem is not about her exclusively. The poem is about loving the life he has with her and loving his life so much he wishes to never die. His fear is not necessarily losing her, but his fear lies in losing himself. He fears death, as he acknowledges the Eternal Footman holding his coat and snickering at him. The Eternal Footman is none other than the Grim Reaper. He dares to question the universe on why fate is fate and question why death even happens at all. He revisits various decisions and questions the outcome if those decisions had been different. He finally dreams of dreaming and being awakened, but he helplessly drowns within the dream. His fear, his love for life, and the loved one who drowns with him .. makes for an outstanding poem, perhaps obscure, but outstanding nonethless.


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This entry was posted on September 5, 2013 by in Who are you?.
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