The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock | Critical Essay by Joseph Bentley

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
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Critical Essay by Joseph Bentley

SOURCE: “Action and the Absence of Speech in ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’,” in Yeats Eliot Review, Vol. 9, No. 4, Summer, 1988, pp. 145-8.

In the following essay, Bentley argues that Prufrock's failures are the result of his inability to articulate his needs.

Late in “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” the demoralized persona sums himself up with the poignant line. “And in short, I was afraid.” Commentators on the poem usually assume that he is afraid of women, afraid of people, afraid of life itself. He is thus regarded as a pitiful neurotic and a failed dandy. I do not wish to dispute these commentaries. As far as they go they are correct even though they fail to see the aspect of Prufrock which...

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