A Love Song With A Cup Of Joe

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"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons..." (Eliot 51).

This quote jumped out at me because it created a scene in my mind.  I am not sure whether or not Prufrock was an avid coffee drinker, but I am, so this is my interpretation of the quote. 

Prufrock appears to have been with many women: "For I have known them all already, known them all..." (Eliot 49).  Other lines later in the poem reflect this as well.  The scene that was created in my mind was that Prufrock had a one-night stand, woke up, made himself a cup of coffee, and reflected on how his love life had no depth. 

Morning tends to be a time of thinking.  One reflects on yesterday's activities as well as prepares for the ones to come.  Prufrock appears to be doing this.  When he is measuring his life, he is reflecting on the past.  What better way to do that than over coffee?


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