World Lit Paper

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Ruth Schambeau
When one thinks of a love song, they think of the narrator gushing about their object of affection, their one true love. The narrator is supposed to go on and on about how in love they are and how all they think about is that one and only person. Some love songs are sad and the narrator ends up heartbroken and alone and other times they have a “happily ever after” ending similar to those in fairytales. Most of the time, love songs live up to their name and are about purely about love. In T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” some of these expectations are anticipated to make their way in to the poem in some way or another, yet that is not the case; it is more the lament of a self-conscious man who lives with fear and uncertainty about himself and women. Whilst it may seem Prufrock is incapable of making an emotional connection with any female; it would seem a woman aggressive enough to get him out of his shell, yet gentle enough to deal with his sensitivity and fear would make the perfect match for him.
We cannot imagine that any woman would listen to any love song by Prufrock, any more than they would find his name or his person attractive. A man named J. Alfred Prufrock could hardly be expected to sing a love song. "J. Alfred Prufrock" indicates his formality; he is overeducated, eloquent, neurotic, and emotionally damaged. He is a man stricken with feelings of isolation and incapability for decisive action. Prufrock laments the lost opportunities in his life and he is haunted by reminders of unrequited love. He shows his inherent feelings of weariness, regret, embarrassment, longing, emasculation, and sexual frustration.
Prufrock is first introduced at a gathering where there are plenty of women. While looking around he sees all the women “Talking of Michelangelo.” These women are middle and upper class people putting on…...

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