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Prufrock and Subconscious Desire

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Length: 12 pages9 minutes

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“The Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock” centers on the theme of the speaker’s desire for an act of lovemaking, a subject of discussion that was forbidden at the time when the poem was written. In the poem, Prufrock’s desire is undermined by his own self-consciousness and subsequent inaction and embracing of fantasy.

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