The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
by T.S. Eliot
(7) Snow Line
Eliot frightens people more than almost any other poet. Like other modernists, he sometimes uses foreign language in his poems, and here we get an Epigraph in Italian. He also slips in sly references to writers from Shakespeare to Hesiod. But, seeing as this poem is about deception, being confused is part of the point. If you read it slowly, Eliot gives all the clues you need to figure out Prufrock’s little game.