In "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" Prufrock expresses his percept-
ion of love thoughout his life with symbolism and imagery. While trying to woo
women to find the physical love a couple would share-he struggles with the lo-
ve he has for himself. Prufrock imagery is of a satire comedy-he has negative
self-concious statements that prevoke imagery of an dull looking man. The main
idea of the poem is to deal with the internal love one has for himself, while sear-
ching for external love at the same time. The imagery and symbolism in the poem
is great examples of how love can be beautiful at times, and at others turn into
negativity and despair.
Starting off with great imagery Pruforck states, "Like a patient etherized
upon a table" It is such a ironic remark, because for that patient to feel at ease
being intoxicated-the patient must have went through a large amount of pain.
Love can be very painful at times, but since people know of such pain they can
appreciate comforting feeling love brings at times. An unloved person will take
steps to find quick love to try to fill up the lonliness as Prufrock states," Of rest-
less nights in one-night cheap hotels." This gives imagery of a person who will
pay for a cheap place to satisfy their empty apetitie for affection.
Self-concious imagery would be,"In the room the women come and
go Talking of Michelangelo." It expresses how Prufrock becomes aware that
women are not talking of him, but rather talking of a man of better stature
then him. The reason he brings up Michelangelo is because he has envy that
women are not talking of him. He wants women to be aware of him, and
he thinks his physical appearance is not handsome enough for women to
lust for him. Another self-concious imagery would be," With a bald spot
in the middle of my hair-(They will say:"How his hair is growing thing!")"
The only reason he brings up his hair, and how he even cares that people will
take notice of his hair is that he thinks people will gossip about his negative
feature. He gives the assumption that thinning hair is unattractive in his so-
ciety, so when the girls do talk of him they will whisper of how unatractive
Some satire imagery would be," I have measured out my life in
coffee spoons." suggesting that his life is so unimportant that he can look
over the small portions of his life that mattered. It is really absurd that