The beginning of the 20th century was a time of marked innovation in
psychology. Reading a little in the psychology of the period may help.
William James, though he was dead by Prufrock's time, was extremely
influential at Harvard. You might want to look at the chapter "The Stream
of Thought" or something like that in "The Principles of Psychology" by
A very common reading of the poem is that Prufrock is talking to himself;
much as Hamlet does. He is able to go on unexplained fantasy trips.
Something possible only with oneself. He does not have to explain to the
listener his cryptic statements because his listener is himself and to
himself they make the most rational sense.
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Nadia wrote in part:
> Prufrock speaking to - a lover, a stranger, a friend? What do you think?
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