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Reading T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Reading Eliot‘s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

  1. “Streets that follow like a tedious argument
    Of insidious intent…”

    Love. It.

    November 11, 2011
  2. drlarson6 #

    I am so immersed in biology I hardly have time for poetry. Thank you!

    November 11, 2011
  3. Doug Larson #

    Ashamed to admit that all I know of this poem is from a snippet quoted by Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now!

    November 11, 2011
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    November 11, 2011
  5. Doug Larson #

    Sorry about the above meaningless posting! I was fooling with my profile…

    November 11, 2011
  6. one of my favorites from T.S. Eliot :D

    “Time for you and time for me,
    And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
    And for a hundred visions and revisions”

    great lines :D

    November 11, 2011
  7. Richard #


    November 11, 2011
  8. Thank you !

    November 11, 2011
  9. My favorite Eliot poem. You read it nicely.

    I wrote a short story once about a young college-aged guy who has an intense crush on a classmate, and I utilized this poem in the story. I have connected this poem to that feeling of longing and regret, so very much.

    When I read it now, the voice in my head wants to read it at a tempo that slowly gets faster, almost as if with a sense of urgency. And recently, I had this thought that I could see an actor like Robert Downey Jr. play the character in this poem, and reciting certain lines like “”That is not what I meant at all;
    That is not it, at all.””

    November 11, 2011
  10. David Evans #

    Very nice. I loved the way you paused for “I do not think that they will sing to me” and for “and we drown”.

    November 12, 2011
  11. Wonderfull Miranda! Well worth the wait :) beautifully read! pretty dress by the way! :)

    November 12, 2011
  12. I remember Richard Kiley read it during his “Verse Person Singular” show years ago on PBS, with top hat and nervous look…He was J Alfred to perfection. And yours a beautiful reading.

    November 12, 2011
  13. Hi i see a new angle when it comes if needed for P for music,never rub left eye after new curry experiment! i suffer friend delight! it was nice with vino 2 … now time sleep..:)

    November 12, 2011
  14. Thanks for the kind comments, everyone :) I really appreciate it

    November 12, 2011
  15. That was lovely. But why did you skip the epigraph? To me, it’s a vital part of the poem and establishes its (admittedly ironic) context.

    (And, selfishly, I would’ve loved to have heard your Italian!)

    November 13, 2011
    • Thanks, Sean. And yes, I agree about its importance. I skipped it only because I would have absolutely butchered the Italian :) French, I can do. Italian, not so much. Maybe someday!

      November 13, 2011
  16. Seth #

    “I am no prophet–and here’s no great matter;
    I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker;
    And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker,
    And in short, I was afraid.”

    Who better than Eliot could encapsulate insecurity in the modern world?
    Amazing that a twenty-year-old kid (his age at the time of writing) could write with such wisdom.

    November 18, 2011

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