The speaker of this ironic monologue is a modern man who, like many of his kind, feels isolated and incapable of decisive action. Irony is apparent from the title, for this is not a conventional love song. Prufrock would like to speak of love to a woman, but he does not have the nerve. The poem opens with a quoted passage from Dante's Inferno, which means "If I thought that my reply would be to one who would ever return to the world, this flame would stay without further movement; but since none has ever returned alive from this depth, if what I hear is true, I answer you without fear of infamy." Prufrock through these lines tries to say that he speaks only because he knows no one will pay attention to him and he won't be heard (Critical Analysis of the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock).
From the beginning till the end of the poem, Prufrock uses various phrases which make it very obvious that Prufrock is low-spirited and views life in an extremely negative manner. Early on in the poem, Eliot creates a scene that does not seem very inviting. Prufrock describes his surrounding on an evening out with phrases that insinuate melancholy and depression. ...Show more