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TS Eliot The love song It is an examination of the pitiful outcast of a modern man--overeducated well-spoken irrational and emotionally awkward Prufrock the poems speaker seems to be addressing a potential lover with whom he would like to force the moment to its crisis by somehow fixing their relationship But Prufrock knows too much of life to dare an approach to the woman In his mind he hears the comments others make about his superiority and he reminds himself that presuming emotional interaction could be possible The poem moves from a series of fairly definite physical settings--a cityscape the famous patient etherised upon a table and several interiors womens arms in the lamplight coffee spoons fireplaces--to a series of hazy ocean images carrying Prufrocks emotional distance from the world as he comes to recognize that maybe he is not as superior that he once thought Prufrock is powerful for its range of intellectual reference and also for the loudness of character achieved In the world Prufrock describes that no sympathetic figure exists and he must therefore be content with silent reflection In its focus on character and its dramatic delicacy Prufrock anticipates Eliots later dramatic works The rhyme situated in different stanzas throughout the poem is far from random While sections of the poem may resemble free verse in reality Prufrock is a carefully structured mixture of poetic forms One of the most prominent formal characteristics of this work is the use of theme Prufrocks continual referal to the women who come and go Talking of Michelangelo and his constant questionings how should I presume and cynical appraisals That is not it at all these lines help Eliot describe the consciousness of a modern unstable individual The kinds of imagery Eliot uses also suggest that something new can be made from the ruins The series of indefinite encounters at the poems center reiterate and are muddled but nevertheless lead
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