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The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

i. S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse
ii. A persona che mai tornasse al mondo
iii. Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse
iv. Ma percioche giammai di questo fondo
v. Non torno vivo alcun, s’i’odo il vero
vi. Senza tema d’infamia ti rispondo

If I but thought one response were made
To one perhaps returning to the world
This tongue of flame would cease to flicker
But since, up from these depths
No one has yet returned alive, if I hear true
Without fear of infamy, I’ll answer

What does Prufrock’s anticipation of others’ comments NOT show about him? (lines 30 and 33)


He has become a shell of a person with no real thoughts of his own.


He seeks approval, especially regarding his outward appearance.


He second-guesses his own opinions in favor of others’ opinions.


He desires to take down their claims, but doesn’t know how to exactly.


He bases all his decisions on what other people may or may not think.

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