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The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by TS Eliot This poem successfully utilizes many literary techniques such as rhyme scheme imagery perspective theme sound voice repetition and personification The poem has a first person perspective and uses imagery sound and voice to help the reader understand who the man is that is speaking and how his perspective shapes the images and themes within the poem The voice and tone of the poem suggest that the man is an older gentleman of upper class standing that is also well educated and religious It also suggests that he is a very self-conscious person This is made obvious in the poem as the man describes himself He describes his attire as rich modest and simple in line 43 He describes himself as balding and growing old in lines 40 and 122 These descriptions are obvious in the text but there are also less obvious signs in the text that he is indeed self-conscious religious and well educated He makes signals to his religious affiliation as he continually makes biblical references The most obvious reference is in stanza four where he parallels his experience preparing for the party with the Ecclesiastes chapter In addition to the bible it is obvious that he is well read because he makes references to other famous works such as To his Coy Mistress and Dantes Inferno The use of sound in this poem also tells us that he is not a narrator but a man who is in the act of speaking to a woman as though the reader were her He asks questions to her such as How should I begin line 69 and Do I dare disturb the universe lines 45-46 In addition he opens the poem by saying you and I It is obvious that this is not a story being told after the event but instead an account of the speakers thoughts as he engages the
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