The anonymity of the third person ‘they’ represents his inability to connect and forge meaningful relationships because of this paranoia. This exploration of fear and doubt continues throughout the poem as Prufrock poses a profound question, ‘Do I dare disturb the universe?’ Use of this rhetorical question conveys the tension between Prufrock’s realization that it is beneficial to reject complacent acceptance of designated identities and his belief that in order to belong he has to conform. Living and experiencing our contemporary society we can relate to Prufrock’s internal struggle by acknowledging this tension between conforming to societal expectations and developing our own identity. Eliot effectively admonishes against being caught in this state of Prufrockian paralysis, whereby people are paralyzed by doubt and social insecurity. He conveys how the ontological journey to self-knowledge is hindered by self-doubt and our struggle to connect and communicate meaningfully with others.
The rhyme scheme Elliot uses in this poem depicts the disenchanted and confused mind of the narrator. The poem is written using a non-uniform meter and rhyme. Various stanzas are not of uniform length. This method is probably used to represent the mood and feelings in the verse. Prufrock is feeling confused and overwhelmed by the adversities of life so his thought probably has the same types of characteristics.
Written in the era of modernism, the reader is capable of unraveling that the poem’s true purpose was not only to show Prufrock’s inability to make decisions when it comes to love, but to show the desolation that one faces in times of a modernistic transition. Eliot depicts Prufrock’s transition phase through a gloomy and solemn tone, incorporating imagery, metaphor and synecdoche to fully illustrate Prufrock’s despondent state of mind and spirit. Prufrock invites us, the reader, through his journey of self-evaluation and self-examination, as he say’s “LET us go then, you and I.” He uses personification in lines 5, “the muttering retreats” to describe his surroundings as if it were alive. The "retreats" are not "muttering," but it seems that way because they are the kinds of places where you would run into muttering people. 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.
But who has the will to concern himself with such dangerous maybes? For that, one really has to to wait for the advent of a new species of philosophers, such as somehow another and converse taste and propensity from those we have known so far--philosophers of the dangerous "maybe" in every sense. (Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, sec 2.) This will not be one more lament for the sad state of contemporary American poetry. Yet to define some of the basic strengths of new work I have to begin with what seems like a lament.
The narrative of the poem is told disjointedly according to some, and even to what audience, if any, the poem is being presented can be confusing. T.S. Eliot, along with other critics, says that it does not give a sense of clear story. “[F]or narrative Tennyson had no gift at all,” Eliot went so boldly as to say (Napierkowski and Ruby 283). However, other critics argue that the structure of the poem, through its meandering way, is one of its greatest strengths.
Celmer 2 In the poem the speaker uses many literary anomalies to question forgiveness through the poem. She says t... ... middle of paper ... ... on some positive things about her relationship. It is very difficult to forgive someone who is so close to you and whose role is to be there for you. The poem shows the difficulty of forgiveness on a personal level. “Rooms” and “Ghazal: Forgive and Forget” are both powerful poems about forgiveness.
He claims that there will be much time to do things in the social world. Prufrock is more of an anti-hero that is controlled by fear. T.S Eliot uses tone, allusions, and imagery to explain a man’s inability to make decisions and his own self confidence in life in which he is afraid of the outlook of his future by being misunderstood. The tone of the poem is described as a weary, self-depressed outlook. He is uncertain about life and his place in it.