The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

justify the title the love song of j.alfred prufrock

the love song of j.alfred prufrock by t.s. eliot

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The title is extremely ironic, and in that way connects to the main themes of the poem. The poem mainly details the disconnect between the romanticized upper class society in which J. Alfred Prufrock seems to be a part with the emptiness of a life built of repetition and meaningless ritual. For instance, the lines "in the room the women come and go/talking of Michaelangelo," detail a sort of behavior of learned society while suggesting contextually that the educated conversation is just a way to wile away the time, to measure life in "coffee spoons." So the title suggests that the poem operates in the romantic tradition of individual passion, which makes the indictment of emptiness all the more damning and affecting.

Forgot to mention: the absurdity of the name of the presumed main character also stresses the absurdity at the core of life that Eliot wishes to show.