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TS Elliots The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock is a melancholy poem of one mans frustrated search to find the meaning of his existence The speakers strong use of imagery contributes to the poems theme of communion and loneliness The Poem begins with an invitation from Prufrock to follow him through his self-examination The imagery of this invitation begins with a startling simile Let us go then you and I When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherised upon a table This simile literally describes the evening sky but functions on another level Prufrocks description of the etherised evening indicates an altering of perception and an altering of time which creates a dreamlike quality throughout the poem This dreamlike quality is supported throughout the poem with the yellow fog that contributes to the slowed-down-etherised feeling of the poem Time and perception are effectively etherised in this poem It is almost as if the poem is a suspended moment of realization of one mans life spread out against the sky The imagery of the patient represents Prufrocks self-examination Furthermore the imagery of the etherised patient denotes a person waiting for treatment It seems this treatment will be Prufrocks examination of himself and his life Prufrock repeats his invitation and asks the reader to follow him through a cold and lonely setting that seems to be the Prufrocks domain The imagery of the journey through the city is described as pointed to lead the reader and more accurately Prufrock to an overwhelming question Prufrocks description of the urban city is quite dreary Let us go through certain half-deserted streets The muttering retreats Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels And sawdust restaurants with oyster shells Streets that follow like a tedious argument Of insidious intent This is the lonely setting that Prufrock lives out his meager existence This city is suspended under the same anesthesia that spreads the evening like
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