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Explication of "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" Prufrock starts his "Love" tune using a strange quotation from Dante's Divine Comedy. It reads: "When I thought that my answer were to a person who might ever go back to the world, this flame would no longer quiver. However, since no one ever returned in this depth, if what I hear is correct, without fear of infamy, I reply one." From the Divine Comedy these lines have been spoken with a damned soul who'd hunted absolution before committing a crime. I think that Eliot decided this quotation to show that Prufrock can be searching for absolution, but for that which he's uncertain. "Let us go then, you and I, (1)." We're now being offered an invitation into Prufrock's world. As you see on you see exactly what Prufrock sees and the way he perceives it. Take for instance, line 3, where he says "Just like a patient etherized upon a table;". On the line before he is describing the day skies. Prufrock is feeling jaded by the night sky, or maybe the entire world generally. The term "etherized" makes me think he feels helpless. You then pass by cheap resorts, and restaurants together with sawdust floors. Prufrock seems to be becoming angry when he says, "Streets that follow like a tedious argument/ Of insidious intent" (8-9). Will these streets never finish? Is it their aim to annoy me? Are queries I could imagine him asking himself. Subsequently the whimsy shouts in. Do these streets lead to a overwhelming issue? "Oh, do not ask, 'What is it? ''' (11) Prufrock appears to be pleading. Whatever you do, do not ask me that question. There's not any choice, regardless of what the destination, so we must accompany him and we have to create our "visit". "In the room the women come and go/ Talking of Michelangelo" (13-14). We've arrived at o.. .