Nadia Woodhouse wrote:
> I'm doing an extended essay on the theme of isolation in Prufrock -
> I've heard and read many different views, and I was curious what you,
> the elder and wiser :), all think about it. Is Prufrock speaking out
> of desperation? Are there any biographical links between Prufrock and
> Eliot himself? Who is Prufrock speaking to - a lover, a stranger, a
> friend? What do you think?
Have you read "Prufrock's Pervigilium", a section of the
poem that was cut? It can be read in Eliot's "Inventions of the March
Hare" edited by Christopher Ricks (and, wow, what notes he has.)
As for personal connections to Eliot - he essentially completed the
poem in Munich during the summer of 1911 following his 1910-1911 year
in Paris. He considered his time in Paris to be lonely. As I recall,
part of the poem was written before going to Paris too. I'm pretty
sure "March Hare" has all this down. Eliot went roaming streets at
"T.S. Eliot's Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,"
or, "All at Sea with T.S.E." by Robert Sward
On "Inventions of the March Hare"
Here is an online "Prufrock's Pervigilium" but I won't vouch for its
accuracy (or its copyright status):