The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
1. I would describe Prufrock’s fantasy as a morbid fantasy he has come up with, that creates a long metaphor which correlates to Dante’s Divine Comedy. Through his mesmerizing use of dramatic monologue, he compares his version of hell as a lonely and abandoned dream, possible consciousness; that leads me to conclude that Prufrock’s problem ranges from a state of depression and loneliness that he integrates into this strange, ironic love song. 2. The simile in lines 2-3, “Like a patient etherized upon a table”, contain the word etherize. Its meaning is to numb or anesthetize. This gives the reader the impression that this poem is taking place in his conscious while being asleep. Also by using this simile in the third line of the poem, one can propose to say that Prufrock is simply fantasizing, the setting of his dilemma being his tumultuous lonely love life of a mind. Proof of his paralysis can also be seen in the final line of the poem where he writes “Till human voices wake us, and we drown.” This final line gives the idea that throughout the adventure he was dreaming. 3. In lines 1-12, the speaker is inviting someone to join him and simply drift away from reality and enter their unconscious mind where anything is possible. The images he minces into the poem can imply that he and his partner should escape from the chains of reality, and be free in their unlimited imagination, or in this case a bleak smoke infested city. 4. The name Michelangelo presents an image of a formal social gathering where the women he mentions talk about Michelangelo’s great works of art. This topic of talking about Michelangelo differentiates from talking about someone like Joe DiMaggio because Michelangelo was one of the greatest Renaissance artists and human beings to ever walk this earth. So it would be absurd if women call one another to gather and talk about DiMaggio or detergents to say the least. As long as people are in their right state of...
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