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And would it have been worth it after all After the cups the marmalade the tea Among the porcelain among some talk of you and me Would it have been worth while To have bitten off the matter with a smile To have squeezed the universe into a ball To roll it toward some overwhelming question To say I am Lazarus come from the dead Come back to tell you all I shall tell you all- If one settling a pillow by her head Should say That is not what I meant at all That is not it at all These twelve lines capture the essence of all that is phenomenal about the poem The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock and the author TSEliot In these lines we see the carefully chosen allusions repetition lyricism and maintenance of ambiguity that distinguishes Eliot from other modernist poets In addition the way in which these lines are written leads to a greater understanding of the speaker This brings the reader closer to his objective understanding and heeding the warning of Prufrock by not following his example Like most Eliot poems The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock is a collection of smaller solitary images When viewed on a larger scale it is Eliots craft that makes these smaller parts into a dynamic and cohesive whole When analyzing The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock it is necessary to analyze the individual parts to gain a greater appreciation for the whole In doing so we may also better understand why we create any particular larger image or feeling out of the collected parts We look at these images much the way we look at the paint in a great pointillist artwork The opening line in the selection And would it have been worth it after all captures the nature of the entire poem The speaker Prufrock is questioning his own action or inaction as the case
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