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Department
English
Course
ENG140Y1
Professor
Nick Mount
Semester
Spring

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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock , 10 line analysis  ) Theme/Content: What's happening in these ten lines, literally and/or figuratively? 2) Technique: What are some of the literary devices that you detect? (e.g. metaphor, enjambment, end-stopped lines, allusions to other texts) 3) Vocabulary: What patterns do you detect? Are there phrases you're unfamiliar with? What's the register -- high, low, difficult, abstract, accessible? 4) Form: How is the passage structured? (e.g. metre, rhyme, use of space) 5) Overall impression/synthesis: How do these elements work together? How does this section relate to the poem on the whole? “And indeed there will be time To wonder, ‘Do I dare ?’ and, ‘Do I dare?’ Time to turn back and descend the stair,  With a bald spot in the middle of my hair— [They will say: ‘How his hair is growing thin!’] My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin, My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin— [They will say: ‘But how his arms and legs are thin!’] Do I dare Disturb the universe? In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute reverse. ­crippled by his self consciousness, asks twice “do I dare”, uncertainty and  anxiousness ­lack of virility, “bald spot” crippling and undesirability.  ­the irreversibility of time  In this particular section prufrock is reflecting on whether he should express his love  despite the commencement of time and his apparent aging. He i
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