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The title and the quotation from Dante contain the essence of the whole poem Love Song suggests conventional sentiment to the reader but this is immediately troubled by the curious name J Alfred Prufrock not the sort we connect with love songs but with a formal calling card The secrecy of the initial j And not only secrecy but pretentiousness especially when followed by the good old Anglo-Saxon Alfred so open and honest And is there a buried amalgam in Prufrock a suggeestion of prudence of a frock coat as suggested later in the poem by the mention of morning coat A dubious name in any event and surely a strange one to yoke with a love song The quotation from Dante is spoekn by Guido da Montefeltro who said that he would not answer Dante if he felt his words would ever reach the real world Prufrock would not speak either if he felt his words would reach the real world he would not reveal his inner nature to any one The love song will neve be sung Why Because it is a poem of self-love part of Prufrock is addressing another part Prufrock has not the courage to sing the miserable truth of his own nature to anyone It is a form of the old debate between the body and the soul Let us use the Freudian terms of id and ego The you of the first line is the id the I is literally the ego The ego is addressing its alter ego Prufrock is thus singing to himself the love is self-love And he fears the infamy of that fact becoming known We can assume that before the poem began the id had asked the ego to go and visit the room where the women were coming and goting The id wants the active and as it were normal physical world The ego suspects the id for
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