In the poem “The Love Song” Prufrock deals with solipsism and loneliness. The main character is a man who is lonely. Prufrock refers periodically to the small incidents throughout his life which he presents as having been trivial and boring. He also seems to be obsessed with ageing. Prufrock expresses his frustration with his life and his unmade declaration of love. He isn’t sure what would have come of his life and ponders. Old age moves upon him and this makes him more doubtful. Isolation and loneliness is showed when he says, “time for you and time for me, and time yet for a hundred indecisions” (Eliot 1578) and “scuttling across floors of silent sea” (Eliot 1579).
Prufrock is interested in women but does not have the courage to approach them. Prufrock lacks self-confidence. This can be supported when he says, “In the room the women come and go- talking of Michelangelo.” He also says, “Do I dare” and do I dare? Time to turn back and descent the stairs” (Eliot 1578). This guy has avoided women because of his lack of belief in himself. The results of his procrastination has caused love to pass him by. This is a sad case and he therefore is lonely. Prufrock's insecurities have caused him to miss out a lot on life. His insecurities can also be seen when he says, “No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be, Am an American attendant lord” (Eliot 1579).
Through this poem the author speaks to himself and the message is to him. He has isolated himself from the rest of the world. This can be supported when he says, “scuttling across the floors of the silent sea” (Eliot 1579).
Eliot. T.S. 1577-1580. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Vols. D. New York: WW Norton, 2007.