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The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock Lines 37-52 In this stanza the man regrets some of the decisions that he has made in his life The man feels that if he allows himself to reflect upon his past he will have to deal with the emotions and consequences of a life of poor decisions He questions if there is a chance to turn back the hands of time to hopefully bring an opportunity for change in his life Do I dare and Do I dare Line 38 His physical aging embarrasses him With a bald spot in the middle of my hair 39 He is very depressed because he is worried about what other people will perceive of him My morning coat my collar mounted firmly to my chin this shows how he is trying to hide the evidence of physical aging by covering it up with clothing 42 This is another sign that he is depressed He is hoping that with a necktie rich and modest he will appear upstanding but will not be noticed for being richly dressed 43 He hopes that his colorful piece of clothing will distract others from his thin arms and legs His arms and legs are thin 44 Once again he is concerned with how people perceive him He uses imagery to describe how he looks he is trying to look upstanding and righteous but in reality he is sad and gloomy Being thin brings up the theme of poverty physical starvation or perhaps even the starvation of a life that was wasted by poor judgment These references to aging reveals this mans feelings of helplessness that increases as the poem continues on and he continues to feel regret about his life There is the repetition of the phrase Do I dare in which he ponders the question is it worth all of the trouble to be concerned with all of his physical characteristics that God
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