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In the Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock TS Eliot offers a critical and pessimistic vision of the modern spiritual condition TS Eliots poem ironically titled a love song is carefully constructed in a series of fragments the consequent tonal and structural discontinuity as well as abruptly shifting images and focus dramatises a scattered life and a fragmented human psyche The poem details a moral and spiritual journey a descent suffered by TS Eliots dramatic persona the narrator and protagonist Prufrock The descent eventually devolves into the spiritual death of Prufrock when having glimpsed a moment of redemptive beauty human voices wake him and he drowns TS Eliot uses Prufrock and the radical poetic methods to explore a modern condition a sense of social and moral corruption Prufrocks lack of connection with others his alienation self debasement and absence of passion prevent him from discovering the meaning of life and redeeming his inner self TS Eliot plunges Prufrock into the recognition of personal inadequacy accompanied by an unrelenting desire for significance and recognition TS Eliots use of Dantes Inferno for his intellectually erudite epigraph introduces his vision of hell without redemption inviting comparisons with Prufrocks search for meaning Prufrocks inadequacy his absence of passion is ironically contrasted with Dante Prufrock opens inviting readers to join him Let us go then you and I The tale of his emotional demise is heralded by unromantic imagery When the evening is spread out against the sky which TS Eliot follows by hinting at Prufrocks detachment from the human heart To lead you to an overwhelming questionK Oh do not ask What is it Let us go and make our visit line 10 Mocking Prufrock TS Eliot indicates Prufrocks inability to engage fully with life his avoidance of choice and fear of closeness further explored later in the poem Recurring questions Do I dare and Do I dare And should I then presume
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