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English 10

The Love Song of J. Alfred Profrock

Jenna Dinh

on 6 June 2013

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Jenna Dinh and Ashvan Wal Block : 1-2 What is this poem about? *Note: This poem is a very complex poem to decipher. Prufrock is a middle aged man that is facing a dilemma with whether or not he wants to propose to a special women he fancies. Also, he has fears and insecurities towards himself as well. People criticize him by saying "How his hair is growing thin" or "...how his arms and legs are thin!" Prufrock thinks lowly of himself because of these comments, thus leading him to always hesitate in pursuing the lady he wants. Also, in this poem he describes his life as growing older and balder. He realizes that he is indecisive and in the end he never tries to ask her to marry him. Lastly, he walks along the beach, hears mermaids, gets into the water, awakes to human voices and then drowns. When was this poem written? This poem was completed in 1910 or 1911.
It wasn't until 1915 that this poem was actually published. What themes are represented in this poem? What style is it written in? Love- is a theme in this poem because Profrock feels love for a lady he fancies but never has the confidence to actually make a move to propose to her. He is stuck and stays indecisive.
Appearance - is another theme because Profrock always mentions how he doesn't enjoy his appearance. He thinks of himself as old, bald, and thin. His appearance plays a huge role into why he never chooses to pursue his love.
Time- this is a theme because it seems like as we read this poem we are moving forward with time. Also, the way he talks about his age makes it seem as if years are passing by instead of months or days. Some could say that this is written as a free verse poem but in some sections it has parts where it is rhyming. The rhyme scheme is actually irregular but not random. Stanzas are also incorporated, as well as the refrain "In the room the women come and go. Talking of Michaelangelo." Modern Work How do these two things relate: I think the poem relates to the art piece because it shows not only how much he doesn't like himself, but distress on his face conveys a greater emotion underneath.
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