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The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

by T.S. Eliot

Stanza XIX Summary

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Lines 126-128

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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