Collected Poems, 1909-1962 Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the meaning of the phrase in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" , "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons"?

The meaning of the phrase in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" , "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons" is that the poem's narrator, Prufrock, has lived a completely mundane, boring, and predictable life, so regular and so lacking in excitement that it could be doled out like grounds of coffee.

2. What is the relationship between the speaker and his interlocutor in "Portrait of a Lady"?

The relationship between the speaker and his interlocutor in "Portrait of a Lady" is that of a younger man with an older woman, as a sort of non-romantic acquaintance; she trying to give him advice and he attempting to patiently endure her attempts to do so.

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