Allusions In The Lovesong Of J Alfred Prufrock

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In the poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot, Prufrock's insecurity and apprehension about everything causes his negativity, revealing that a person's inaction can negatively impact his/her life. Eliot shows this through allusion and imagery. The use of imagery creates the idea of negativity in Prufrock. Prufrock's attitude keeps him from being social because it puts negative thoughts in his own head. One example of this is when he says, "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons" (51). This shows that Prufrock thinks of his life as small, and shows he has a negative outlook about himself. Another use of imagery is when he mentions the mermaids singing and says, "I do not think they will sing to me" (124-125). This

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