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Though the title of Eliots poem The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock leads the reader to believe it will be a sweet poem the juxtaposition of the epigraph right after the title deeply contrasts the initial thought It is from Dantes Inferno and explores the suffering and uncertainty in Prufrock Translated the epigraph is Guido de Montefeltro confessing his sins to Dante assuming that he like all others will not be able to escape the depth the depth being Hell and therefore not be able to tell others of his sins Prufrock much like Guido tells his story his self-doubt and insecurities to the reader because he believes the reader will not speak of it to anyone else Also the prologue paints the image of Prufrock isolated in a personal hell not unlike a person stuck in the fiery depths of hell Eliot uses different techniques to display Prufrocks true character and thoughts The repetition of questions displays Prufrocks insecurities uncertainties and indecisiveness He repeats Do I dare several times and says Do I dare Disturb the universe Not only does his repetition of Do I dare show his insecurities but he questions his every day actions and existence He asks approximately thirteen questions throughout the poem He even asks himself Do I dare to eat a peach He constantly wonders what others will think of him and his actions or thoughts He doubts that people will understand him and that is shown with his echoing of the phrase That is not what I meant at all Also he repeats In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo These lines show Prufrocks self-consciousness and suggest he thinks no woman would be interested in him if they are more focused on a piece of art that portrays the epitome of masculine beauty Prufrock also repeats there will be time in lines 29 32 and 35 It shows Prufrocks fixation on time
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