The Love Song Ananlysis

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Nadezhda Savchuk Professor Greg Van Belle English 101 Essay # 3 The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Analysis Contrary to what the title infers, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot, is anything but a love song. In the Poem, the narrator, J. Alfred Prufrock, is having come to terms with middle age. He is greatly distressed over the fact that he is growing old, and feels that the prime of his life has flown passed him. His fixation on time throughout the poem symbolizes his fear of getting old. He is experiencing a miserable life, brought upon from his insights of age and his feeling of inadequacy. The poem starts off with Prufrock questioning whether he should attend a social gathering or not, his anxieties toward woman as a single man cause one of his hesitations. However, after examining Prufrock’s argument for avoiding the party, one discovers that his sorrow is not truly due to his deep feeling or coyness towards women. Prufrock’s anxiety lies not with the understanding of a relationship but with the acknowledgment of his aging self and of society’s insight of what a full life coming to its end should need. Prufrock’s obsession with the time he has left to live is obvious in his persistence that he is an older man. His emotional and mental traits find their origin in the physical and the visual because it is his outer layers which are exposed to judgment. While Prufrock might have encountered individuals who judge him for his appearance, it is Prufrock, himself, who is constantly aware of the flaws of age, and it is his own insecurity with his appearance which leads him to conclude that the society views him in the same way: Time to turn back and descend the stair, With a bald spot in the middle of my hair— (They will say: “How his hair is growing thin!”) My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin, My necktie rich and modest, but

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