Critical Analysis Of The Love Song Of J Alfred Prufrock

Good Essays
I have chosen to write about T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” since the poem has surprised me in various ways. To begin, I was surprised at the fact that this so called “love song” was not a love song or poem at all. Actually, it was, but it was not a love that had two individuals admiring each other mutually. The poem addressed the issues of a man who tried to pursue a woman but could not because of the insecurities he dealt with. However, the poem caused me a bit of trouble in order to write a thesis statement about it. Ultimately, I was able to create one after reading Marisa Pagnattaro’s critical essay, “An overview of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”.
I also picked to write about T. S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock” because I have written a discussion lead post of the text. The brief summary I used for the discussion lead post helped me write this midterm essay too. It took me a while to find a well written essay or critical essay regarding T. S. Eliot’s poem. However, with the aid of Professor Carlacio’s reference websites on where to find good texts, I have succeeded in finding a proper critical essay that allowed me to further understand T. S. Eliot’s poem. The critical essay allowed me to
…show more content…
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