“Between Love Meant and Love Lost”: the Plausible Love Song of Prufrock’s Impossible Love

Anindita Mukherjee

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

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The idea of Love has always plagued generation of writers and artists and a definite consciousness of articulating the essence of this Love has been one of the primarily preoccupations of Modernist Writers. The attempts to invade into the psyche of the ‘Modern Man’, whose existence is enmeshed not in the modern milieu that constitute his immediate environ, but also of a psychical surrounding of which he is an innate part. This paper undertakes a close reading of ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ by T.S Eliot to situate this fragmented consciousness of the modern man and show how the idea of Love (re)surface in the Modern World and closely analyse how the morphology of love accentuate or undercut the possibility/ impossibility of meaningful existence for the Modern Man in a Modern World.

Keywords: Love, existence, fragmentation, monologue, communication