TS Eliot analysis - to kill and time to act in fact there...

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Chenette 1 Michael Chenette Mrs. Friese February 19, 2008 ENG 102 – 014 T.S. Eliot Analysis Aside from the imagery that is given, the word choice used in T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is very vivid and creates a sad, dull atmosphere. The main character or speaker seems to be a very uneasy person. He keeps reminding himself that there's no hurry, there will be time to decide and then to act, giving us hints that he feels uncomfortable in the situation that he is in. The word choice used in this really captivates the unusual feeling behind this dull and gray area of thought. Phrases like, “there will be time” and “time yet for a hundred indecisions, / And for a hundred visions and revisions, / Before the taking of a toast and tea.” He is uneasy. For there will be time
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Unformatted text preview: to kill and time to act; in fact, there will be time to do many things. He keeps using words like time to reiterate the fact that he has options. This phrase, “there will be time”, replies to the opening line of "To His Coy Mistress," by Andrew Marvell, another poet: "Had we but world enough, and time." In Marvell's poem, the speaker/persona urges his beloved not to be coy but instead to seize the moment–to take advantage of youth and "sport us while we may." Prufrock, of course, continually postpones everthing, even meeting a woman, saying "There will be time." So the word choice behind this section of the poem really gives us an insight to the uneasy feelings this character has throughout the poem....
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