T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Like many other T.S. Eliot poems, this one is introduced with a quotation from another language. The actual poem begins with first person narration of the speaker inviting the reader along on a journey (“let us go then, you and I”). The narrator wants to the take the reader on a journey through nighttime streets, cheap hotels and long convoluted streets that “follow like a tedious argument.” He does not want the reader to ask questions but just go along with it, just to go along on the ride and observe. Perhaps this is a metaphor for how one should live life: to live rather than ask questions, to observe, to participate, to experience, and to watch.

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