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T S Eliots poem The love song of J Alfred Prufrock is quite a lengthy poem for the novice poetry reader which consists of some 130 lines Yet it is the poems mass that enables the rookie to discern the theme at length In the beginning and later towards the ending of the poem the narrator seems to be daydreaming using a lot of imagery to portray fun or pretty places of solitude which makes the stanzas ambiguous In the center of the poem the narrator describes his human feelings towards the surrounding people and objects here is where a logical connection can be grasped The narrator is preoccupied with the passing of time and often thinks of tranquil imaginary places to elude his plaguing thoughts of social ostracism The theme of this poem suggesting from the era of time and the narrators tone is that age is a burden and man is deeply troubled by it The author is stating the trouble the narrator is having dealing with middle age and the inhibition to communicate There are several meanings in the poem that suggest this Eliot uses the words And how should I begin and How should I presume repetitiously This shows the narrator is unconfident with himself mentally and physically Lines 41 and 44 They will say How his hair is growing thin and They will say But how his arms and legs are thin indicates he is terrified of what will happen if people see his balding head or his slim and aging body He feels that people will think he is old and useless and that they will talk about him behind his back Another suggestion of aging and how it anguishes the emotions is the stereotype old men have of faltering when trying to communicate ideas with people The repetition of words the narrator uses like vision and revision illustrates his feelings of inadequacy in communicating with the people around
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