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present. Eliot’s use of “you” gave me a feeling that it was a monologue in a play or reading the man’s thoughts. I felt like we were watching an internal struggle with a man on whether he should ask this girl out or not. The use of “you” makes me think narrator is directing what he is saying to the girl he likes rather than me and I am just listening in. Even though it gives an awkward feeling to me that I know this man loves her and she does not know about it, it makes me feel like the narrator trusts me with his secret or is asking for advice without expecting an answer. 3. The moment Prufrock wants to push to its crisis is proposing to the girl or letting her know his true feelings for her. In this point of the poem he is lying beside her, he thinks about all his flaws again and realizes he does not have to be perfect but at the same time acknowledges that he is afraid. He proclaims “it is impossible to say just what I mean!”
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(Eliot 3). He knows that once he says what he wants and needs to, it will all be worthwhile. 4. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufock” has some tenets of modernism. According to the slide show created by Professor Brown: modern poetry has its roots with Whitman but it really begins in the first half of the twentieth century with Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” The poem is about the characters feelings and thoughts and what is going on inside his head so it is a story about the inner-world and not the external world. Eliot also does something new with J. Alfred Prufrock having a struggle with himself about telling the girl he loves her. In most stories before this time the characters are very open with their feelings and strive for what they want. This poem does something new with how he keeps his feelings to himself as the reader watches the inner battle with himself play out. It also shows how the generic laws must be broken. When saying “do I dare disturb the universe?” shows that him being with this girl would break the generic rules of who should be with who.
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