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"I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me."
("The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," lines 124-5)

I felt so depressed after I read these lines. It has such a feeling of loneliness and detachment. It seems like he is completely alone in this world, noting how the others sing to only each other and not to him. I wonder if he is suicidal? In the entire poem, he is arguing with himself ("Do I dare?" "How should I begin...?" "How should I presume?" and so on) and chastising himself (noting how one would say "That is not what I meant, at all." and calling himself "the Fool."). He makes two allusions to sleep, the first describing the sky a "patient etherized on upon a table," the second when he says "Till human voices wake us, and we drown." Maybe he just wants to die and sleep forever because of his detachment?

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