Hm, interesting, CR. I don't know if I could agree
with that completely, have to think about it first...
What confuses me a bit is the fact that the poem
brings with "Let us go then, you and I..." - that
line, as well as the last one, brings in the story
another person... so I've always had a feeling the
poem is related to the love between two persons, but
in the light of an "overwhelming question" - our
finiteness and time.
By the way, what do you think about the lines "In the
room the women come and go/ Talking of Michelangelo"?
I guess this has an ironic flair (or maybe I'm
wrong?), but why exactly Michelangelo?
--- cr mittal <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Thanks, Dunja, for raising what I believe to be the
> core and crucial questions vis-a-vis this poem.
> Here're my perceptions:
> why is the poem called "the love song of j. a.
> It's a love song of _J. Alfred Prufrock_,
> implying thereby that it is "his" love song,
> and it's not like a conventional romantic love
> song we're used to hearing.
> what sort of love is that?
> It's not human love (love of a man or woman) in
> the conventional sense that he has in mind. His love
> is "love of God" -- love of the Absolute Good -- of
> being in harmony
> with that principle of goodness and divinity that
> is deep within us.
> and does it at all matter...?
> To Prufrock, this is the only form of love that
> The rest, if not inspired (or informed) by this,
> is meaningless.
> Of course, what I say will make better/fuller
> sense if the poem is read/explicated
> in this light.
> ~ CR
> Dunja Seselja <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> //What do you think, why is the poem called "the
> song of j. a. prufrock"? what sort of love is that?
> and does it at all matter...? //
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