Here he is trying to convince himself that there is plenty of time to decide what he is going to say before he makes a toast in her honor. Prufrocks next thoughts tell of his old age and his lack of will to say what is on his mind. He mentions his bald spot in his hair and his thin arms and legs. This suggests that he knows he is growing old, and therefore contradicts what he had mentioned earlier in the poem about having plenty of time. Throughout the poem he is indecisive and somewhat aloof from the self-involved group of women.
An Analysis of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock "Prufrock" is a dramatic monologue, in which it is possible that the speaker is talking to another male, or just talking to himself; his alter ego. Throughout the poem Prufrock is too scared to make a move and seize the day because he keeps saying, "there will be time." His destiny is that he will be old and loveless, hence the irony of the title, because he cannot bring himself to articulate his emotions to another woman. This is actually a pathetic parody of a Lovesong because there is no one to listen to it. Prufrock fears that he will not be heard and this is manifested in the line that refers to the Sirens that sing to Odysseus to lure him to his death in the sea, but Prufrock fears that they will not listen to him.
He constantly self-introspects throughout the poem:” Do I dare?”(38), “So how should I presume?”(54) “Then how should I begin” (59) and the questions further drown him in his depths of isolation. Prufrock agonizes over his social actions, worrying over how others will see him. He thinks about women's arms and perfume, but does not know how to act. The day passes at a social engagement but he cannot gather the strength to act, and he admits that he is afraid. With further self torture through the poem, Elliot at the end gives us readers a caution to not see life go by without taking the risk of asking and approaching the challenges that will eventually place our significance in society.
Insecure and aging, J. Alfred Prufrock finds regret in the life he has laid out for himself. T.S. Eliot wrote A Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, an intriguing, yet depression poem about a man living each day the same as the last. The journey Prufrock endeavors on serves to be a realization of the struggles in his life and the idea that he is getting old and time isn’t going to slow down for him. Filled with regret, he ponders on the dreams and accomplishments he didn’t achieve because of his lack of confidence and willingness to face his fears.
We later see him wondering around town like a vagrant, stumbling back to his house in the early morning hours. We arrives there, Dickens poetically that he cries himself to sleep. This is where one’s opinion of him first begins to chang... ... middle of paper ... ...ding to this interpretation, the bright prophecies of better times ahead are basically Dickens' way of copping out, of pleasing his audience with a hopeful ending. If Sydney Carton's motives seem complicated to you, try stepping back and viewing him as a man, rather than an influence on the story. He's a complex, realistic character.
I noticed that the structure of the poem started off as “you-and-I” and then quickly shifted to “I”, in regards to Prufrock, and finally back to “we” (Pagnattaro). However, when I first came across to read this poem, these shifts confused me immensely. I started to think that Prufrock was selfish rather than thinking he was actually dehumanizing himself because he felt sorry for himself. After reading Pagnattaro’s critical essay on why he felt the way he did, I was able to better understand the shifts. I believe that T. S. Eliot did a great job with these shifts, adding emphasis to Prufrock’s unfortunate
Also, the restless nights mentioned in lines 4 and 6, “let us go, through certain half-deserted streets/Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels” allude to modernism—young people walking around at night, in and out of one-night cheap hotels. Another indication of the party and city-life is how observing Prufrock appears to be as he recalls seeing “sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells” (7). Being that sawdust is supposed to soak up liquid that is spilled on dance floors of restaurants, and oysters are aphrodisiacs, this suggests modernity. The use of i... ... middle of paper ... ...p-of-the-surface interpretation of this poem, of a man who is unable to make decisions for himself, avoids answering the questions at hand, whilst time continues to move, aging him and making him depressed. Another interpretation is that because of the time period that Eliot is writing in, Prufrock feels suffocated yet very isolated by the transition to Modernism, as it is not something is comfortable with or used to before.
Poetry can be a very powerful tool of self-expression and self-exploration for students. Research Questions Essentially we have one research question: What opinions do high schools students have when approaching poetry? This question, however, led to a number of other questions. How can the classroom be adjusted to best fit your approaches towards writing? What topics do you write about in poetry?
He itches for the sea and wants to find his home. Therefore, the narrator exiles himself. He isolates himself from his kinsmen and his lord to find the true meaning of life. Though he wanders many times without success, at the end of the poem, the seafarer finally finds some answers. He realizes the foreign homeland he has been seeking is heaven.
Prufrock became a coward as the poem A Love Song unfolded more and more and while in the beginning Dante appeared to be wise he turned out to be prideful and a traitor. Prufrock throughout the whole entire poem was simply trying to communicate his undying love to the woman he cared about. However he was too afraid to lay his feelings out on the table. In the poem he starts to justify his inaction by saying that he has done many things in his life like drink a lot of coffee, and survived lots of days, and he has many other things to be concerned about with his life just trying to justify that he never stepped up to life and asked the important question. Similarly, Dante lived a life to be proud of yet one of his most terrible Clark 4 actions was that he thought he could outsmart God by justifying his behavior.