Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question. . .
Oh, do not ask, "What is it?"
Let us go and make our visit.
The beginning of this poem illustrates the setting of this piece. By initiating what seems to be a conversation between the main character and a fictional one, the poem announces itself as a dramatic monologue. With the consideration of the timeline of which the poem was written along with the name "The Love Song", it is safe to conclude that the poem is addressing a woman that the protagonist is in love with. The metaphor that is used to describe the evening sky emphasizes the significance of this evening in particular. There is a use of repetition in Prufrock's invitation for the reader to accompany him. Also, instead of the stereotypical romantic date, Prufrock describes this date as an evening through "half deserted streets" and "cheap hotels". In fact, lines 4 through 9 send signals of a dreary and denounced evening. Its quite far from your stereotypical date I must say. The unorthodox date goes deeper into the unusual with the description of dark and mysteriously depicted streets. What is Prufrock's intent on this date? Its seems to stray far from the romantic intentions of the usual date. It is apparent to Prufrock that these descriptors would lead one to question his intent. However this question is quickly smothered with his anxiousness for the destination.