Let us go, then, you and I / Where the evening is spread out against the sky / like a patient etherized upon a table.
Biographical Information: Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1888. He attended Oxford University in England and became a naturalized citizen of England at the age of 39. . . .
Personal Life Influence: "Prufrock" was Eliot's first published poem. It was published in 1915, the same year that he married Vivienne Haigh-Wood. . . .
The Modernist time period addressed the disillusionment that many felt after WWI . . . Modernism is represented when "Prufrock" reflects this disillusionment in the speakers unwillingness to speak to a woman and his acceptance that a life alone was worth not risking rejection. . . .
Comparative Analysis: "Prufrock" includes an allusion to Andrew Marvell's 17th century poem, "To His Coy Mistress" which talks about there not being enough time to be coy. Prufrock insists that there is plenty of time to deliberate, while also complaining of growing old and more unattractive by the minute.
Common Themes: Eliot often explores themes of . . . in his work . . .