February 23, 2005

What is Love?

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is interpreted in many different ways. I'm going to tell you my opinion. I truly think Eliot is apologizing to the lady he thinks he loves. I think that he cheated on her and felt bad about it. Throughout the poem he is asking questions and trying to give many indirect comments to hide his infidelity. He describes women in this poem - talks abpout their hair and arms. He talks about resting their heads on his pillows in cheap hotels. He asks, "Would it have been worth it, after all...It is impossible just what I mean!" In the poem he talks about skirts trailing along the floor and taking off a shawl and then he says, "This is not it at all, That is not what I meant at all." And at the end of the poem he is asking what he can do to make it better. He feels that he loves the women he hurts and all he wants is to have her back. He hears everyone talking and he doesn't know what to do. He knows that she is not going to understand him, so at the end they drown which I think is judt his way of saying the both she be dead if they are not with eachother.

Now I know my version of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is probably a little bit different then yours, but you should just read the poem again and see all the details that I pointed out, it may not convince you but I def. know it will make you think! I had a good time reading this poem and I hopeyou did too.

Posted by GinaBurgese at February 23, 2005 11:10 AM

Hey Gina! I just wanted to tell you that I really liked your idea about Prufrock being a cheater - I think it works! The wandering the streets late at night, the line about oyster shells and cheap hotel rooms, etc etc. Dig it! :c)

Posted by: moira at February 25, 2005 08:13 PM
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