Themes In The Love Song Of J Alfred Prufrock

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In T.S. Eliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, he describes the hardships that certain people face in their lives. Through imagery, allusions, and repetition, he supports a message of social struggles and hardships. Overall, the tone of the poem is ironic, romantic, helpless, and timid. T.S. Eliot depicts Prufrock’s environment beginning with an evening that was “spread out against the sky” with “half-deserted streets” and the “restless nights in one-night cheap hotels” in order to show that Prufrock’s image of the world is gloomy, unhappy, and low-spirited. He completes the picture with the restless nights filled with “the yellow smoke that slides” along the gritty streets and “rubs its back upon the window panes.” This portrait draws on the senses because it sets a solemn mood that immerses the reader into the poem and causes him or her to feel the isolation that Prufrock felt. Eliot helps the reader grasp the inner conflict slowly deteriorating Prufrock’s mind and diminishing his insecurity about his appearance and what others think about him. His self-doubt and lack of confidence within his own mind reject the perpetual hope of having a romantic relationship with a woman. Eliot’s sensory details help the reader reflect on opportunities in life they may not take. The idea portrayed of…show more content…
I have struggled with similar problems such as social anxiety and self-confidence just as Prufrock did. Although times may seem hard, this poem teaches me not to overthink things. All of society struggles, and I firmly believe that if we were to recognize this, we could come together to support one another, rather than isolate ourselves. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is an example of how tragic life may be if you never build up the courage to overcome your struggles or hardships. Do not let the voices wake you when it is too late; take advantage of the time you have now because this is the only time you
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