Don't forget, Hamy calls Polonius a fool,
  Prufrock calls himself ALMOST a fool.

> This is because Prufrock is switching from Hamlet to Lear. . .
> Michael 

I don't see why the switch to the fool should also imply a switch from Hamlet to Lear. The fool in Hamlet is a dead skull, and there are moments when Prufrock is contemplating his mortality ('the eternal footman'). That can explain the transition from 'almost, at times, the fool' to 'I grow old'. 


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