September 28th, 2010

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Posted by jeannem in Uncategorized

“And would it have been worth it, after all?”

Would it have been worth it for Prufrock to reach out to some woman, any woman?  It seems as though Prufrock feels that he wants to talk to a woman, any woman at all, but he is so sad and insecure.  He believes that he is so far away from the Michelangelo that the woman speak of, that they will not even give him the timeof day.  He feels that he should have been a creature with ragged claws scuttling among the sea floor, and even the mermaids wont sing to him.

Prufrock’s indecisiveness and self conciusness seem to be such a severe issue that he does not have a very high opinion of himself.  Because he is so self concious, he feels that every woman who dares to look at him is in fact, harshly examining him with her eyes as if he were a butterfly pinned to a table for a science experiment.  According to Prufrock, he is so su of his rejection by these women, that it wouldn’t have been worth it.

Prufrock, in the poem, seems to be obsessed with time he spends the whole poem bothering himself and the reader with a vicious circle of questions that never recieve any sort of answer.  He is wasting time with all these invaluable questions, procrastinating really.  So what if he were to part his hair from behind, or even dare to eat a peach?  No one will ever know because he never stops his constant string of questioning.  If Prufrock were to just shut the hell up, the maybe he, or we as the reader, would gain some sort of insight into the answers to his questions.

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  1.    beverly gross said,

    on October 10th, 2010 at 8:10 am

    These are really good entries. Such a superb beginning, but why did you stop? Nothing at all on the Waste Land.

    Sept. evaluation: one star (could easily have been more)

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