“I love to tweak the Eliot fans by referring to their guy as the best poet ever to come out of Missouri, when of course he spent his whole life pretending he’d been born and raised in the Norcesterwich district of Cheltenhamfordshire.” – Michael Bérubé
1. Answer one of the following questions about “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”:
- How do you feel about Prufrock? Is he sympathetic? Can you identify with him? What sort of figure is he? Is he poignant, or pathetic, or both?
- Is this an entirely serious poem, or is there some comic aspect? If so, where do you see it?
- Does the title of the poem seem important? How? Explicate the name "J. Alfred Prufrock" a bit in light of the mood, details, and concerns of the poem.
- What's going on with women in this poem?
2. Does The Waste Land seem to take place in the same world as “Prufrock”? Why or why not? Offer some detail from the poem(s) as you discuss this question.