The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Stanza XIX Summary
Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.
I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.
- Of all the things Prufrock claims to have seen, the mermaids are definitely the coolest.
- But do we believe him? He has tricked us before.
- These mermaids look like they’re surfing on the waves with their tails. The only troubling sign is that the waves have "white hair," which makes us think of old people.
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