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Personification in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Personification Examples in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock:

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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"rubs its muzzle..."   (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)

Eliot uses personification here to describe the yellow fog as a cat-like figure that rubs up against the window panes and lingers in the shadows. This results in a familiar, comforting image that stands in stark contrast against the pollution of the fog.

"the eternal Footman..."   (The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)

The "eternal Footman" is a personification of death. A regular footman is a servant who generally admits and waits on guests—the suggestion being that if death is holding your coat, then you've entered a place where either you're not likely to come out or are on death's doorstep.

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