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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’s the irony in him saying he’s no “Prince Hamlet”? (line 79)


They are both failed protagonists.


They both can’t deal with women.


He is just as neurotic as Hamlet is.


His purpose is just as great as Hamlet’s.


Both intensely hate authority figures.

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