The Love Song of J Alfred Prudock

I can definitely understand how some would find it unpleasurable to read T.S Eliot’s poem. The whole idea of the poem is very sad and there never really seems to be a resolution to the problem at hand.It seems as though he keeps contemplating the action of finally approaching the one he is in love with and revealing his heart to her.However, he never does. The poem is spent wondering what could be if the risk was taken, and of course as Eliot writes “Would it have been worth it,after all?”.

On the surface, he seems like he’s just a big chicken. It would be easy for someone¬† to tell him to just take the risk. To simply¬† go on and tell this woman how he feels, but I don’t necessarily believe that it is that easy for him. It is his feelings for this woman that causes an insecurity within himself. I think it is the fear of the opening up of his heart to this woman and the fear that she might reject it that keeps him from carrying out his intentions. Fear is not an easy emotion to overcome. Especially in matters of the heart.

So in the end, we are left wondering what potentially could have been, but wasn’t. Again, it’s easy to be frustrated. As a reader of poetry there is no satisfaction in the end., nor is there any resolution to his conflict. It’s almost like a story unfinished.

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  1.   Rebbeca Holec Said:

    on June 2, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Love songs can be found in the histories and cultures of most societies, though their ubiquity is a modern phenomenon. A highly controversial and startling explanation of the genesis of love songs can be found in Denis de Rougemont’s “Love in the Western World”. De Rougemont’s thesis is that love songs grew out of the courtly love songs of the troubadours, and that those songs represented a rejection of the historical Christian notion of love. ^..:”

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