The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock , 10 line analysis
) Theme/Content: What's happening in these ten lines, literally and/or
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
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