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On The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock In The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock T S Eliot reveals the thoughts and feelings of the poems subject Prufrock in a way that Prufrock could not have articulated himself since it is the poems objective to illustrate Prufrocks insecurity By not commenting directly and allowing the reader to draw conclusions from clues given in dramatic monologue Eliot adds meaning and rewards the reader His use of an epigraph heightens the reward and demonstrates that J Alfred Prufrock cannot speak in life as he does in the poem Through use of these techniques Eliot creates a poem that is both subtle and effective at generalizing the insecurity of Prufrock The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock gives the reader subtle hints about its meaning The first of these comes in the epigraph from Dantes Inferno gives the reader subtle hints about its meaning The first of these comes in the epigraph from Dantes Inferno gives the reader subtle hints about its meaning The first of these comes in the epigraph from Dantes Inferno Sio dredesse che mia reposta fosse A persona che mai tornasse al mondo Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo Non torno vivo alcun sIodo il vero Senza tema dinfamia ti rispondo 2761-66 This is roughly translated to mean that if the speaker knew his words would be taken outside of Hades he would not tell his story Since he knows that Dante will not leave he relates his secrets known only to the dead Without the rest of the poem as context this quote means little if anything This is how Eliot delivers meaning to his readers by revealing small amounts of information at chosen intervals The information may seem irrelevant until it is placed in the context of the entire poem but by comparing his poem to the story told to Dante Eliot warns the
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