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Chief Works The dramatic monologue "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), an artistically fresh, visually  inventive work, is a landmark of emerging modernism. Composed during the poet's period of casting  about for a career and lifestyle, it blends the Victorian forms and rhythms of Alfred, Lord Tennyson,  and Robert Browning with the disdain and self-doubt of Charles Baudelaire. Eliot prefaces the poem  with an epitaph in Italian from Inferno, Dante's epic journey into hell. The 131-line main text opens in  a seedy part of London, a modern parallel of hell in its joylessness and perpetual torment. Propelled  by the walk of the speaker and an unidentified "you," the action moves over doubts and questions  neatly unified by rhymed couplets, interspersed in lines 3 and 10 with the odd incidents of unrhymed  endings. Surreal and menacing, the skewering of the protagonist Prufrock on a surgical table 
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