For I have known them all already, known them all;
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?
In this stanza, Prufrock goes on to persuade the reader and himself that he has already lived a very fulfilling and eventful life. He believes he has experienced it all. However, his persuasiveness seems to hit a dead end when he describes the stages of his day as "evenings, mornings, and afternoons". He even goes as far as to measure his with coffee spoons. He makes it seem as if he lives his life revolves around coffee, and his days in three stages. This description counteracts his persuasion of living an eventful life. His social life seems to venture out as far as hearing voices from nearby rooms. Prufrock is going to suppose he has lived a life to the fullest. This makes him appear as an even greater coward. His actions suppose that he is almost looking for reasons not to allow his question to arise amongst his love.