“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” was one of T.S Eliot’s most famous works and though it was written in 1910, it was not published until 1915. It shows the estrangement of a more modern and materialistic world. In the poem specifically it is believed that Prufrock is speaking in a more incoherent stream of consciousness, relaying the desolateness of his life. The poem specifically has been identified as a dramatic monologue in which the character is actually addressing a certain person, a woman. Prufrock signifies the actions of a man whom is incapable of showing any emotion and is unable to realize the meaningless life he leads. He does not realize this however because he always speaks about telling the woman how he feels about her, however he cannot do so, due to the fact that he is insecure and self-conscious. Not only is he conscious about his physical appearance but is always inherently mentally insecure because his life is so bland. The poem conveys the desolation and hopeless life in which an individual can lead. The character of Prufrock is clearly isolated and therefore his outlook on life falters because of this isolation. As this poem is a work of modernism, there are uses of fragmentation throughout. This is the use of a variety of different images through a discontinuous narrative that is the fusion of many different ideas and materials. This is because of the many different allusions throughout the work. The character of Prufrock compares himself to the character Hamlet in which the idea furthers the idea on the meaningless existence of him. T.S Eliot’s poem is a work of the post-WWI era, in which people were confused in the way they saw society, when all their lives were completely thrown off by the results of the war, and in turn the way they saw themselves. Life at that point was unpromising, which directly correlates with the attitude of the poem. Along with that it also implements the bleak life in which Prufrock lives because he is unwilling and unable to do better in the position that he is in, which is his inability to speak to a woman. Effectively, the poem contrasts the idea of the “American Dream” and gives it a more pessimistic outlook on humanity as a result post-war. Among other techniques is the authors use of language, Eliot uses this to employ specific details in which exemplify the meaningless in Prufrock’s life. Conveying him as a lost, disillusioned and pathetic man.
The essay begins by explaining how Eliot portrays his character, as a well dressed man, wearing a shirt, necktie and pin. He then further explains how outside commentary expresses their dismay in how thin he is looking, thus how he resembles the small pin himself. The author then elaborates on the visual representation of the poem and how Eliot used metaphors of that of a Monk, relating Prufrock’s elegant clothing back to a Monk. It is generally outlined that Prufrock has been unfortunately related back to a pin numerous times throughout the poem, in which a metaphoric pin is dictating his clothing, body shape and essentially persona. The writer suggests that through Eliot’s clever choice of words, he didn’t always mean to say it. The pin is just something that can simply be referenced back too in order to in Prufrock’s existence. One concluding note the author leaves us with is the idea of a persons worth, and how through out the poem he is working nothing but the price of a pin. The author elaborates on this with more detail and begins using outside examples such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
The author of this article begins by implementing the type of man that Prufrock is. He is a man who like so many others feels isolated and indecisive. They contend that irony begins within the title because Alfred wants to declare his love however, he cannot. The poem begins by reciting the poem Dantes Inferno and in this the author gets a sense that Alfred believes that he is the damned. The poem is in his over arching thoughts and with that Prufrock is contrasted as being intelligent and outgoing, however he is quite the polar opposite. The author gives insight on how Prufrock is imaging a party, and this continues for the rest of the poem. Throughout this he imagines himself conversing with the women he loves and then having her understand him, however because of the numerous times that he has attended these parties, he knows that he most likely be refused by the women. Because of this Prufrock continues to worried and maintain indecisiveness. The man that Prufrock portrays is a man who would most likely procrastinate his life, through out the poem he delays the action of telling this women and of course finding excuses as to why he shouldn’t. For example, disturbing the equilibrium of the social circle, because what he intends to do is not his persona at all; therefore the group would not expect it. Finally, he decides against telling this woman and therefore he becomes a desolate old man, like Polonius, in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. He finally gives up dreaming and becomes a more realistic empty thinker and passionless old man. For some, readers are able to find a connection within Prufrock because of the adversities he goes through, even though some would mock him to be a pathetic figure.