Expert Responses The opening word of this poem, which addresses the speaker's "heart," provides a hint. The speaker is essentially speaking to and encouraging herself. She knows that logic alone cannot guarantee success in love; she needs more than that. So, who better to turn to for help than someone who has experienced love at its best and worst? And what could be more effective than listening to someone who have been where you are now? At its most basic level, love is an emotion that we feel toward another person. But because love is so important to every relationship, psychologists say that it is also something that others feel about us. Thus, the speaker of this poem is asking her loved ones to speak for her heart -- that is, to act as its voice by telling her what they think she should do.
Love is a feeling that can make us do irrational things. For example, it can cause us to trust someone we shouldn't trust, to stay with someone who hurts us, or to leave jobs we hate. It is an emotion that can make us do extraordinary things too. For example, it can inspire us to write poems like this one.
The first thing to understand about love is that it is not exactly the same as liking someone. Love is a complex emotion that can make us do things without thinking.
J. Alfred Prufrock is the poem's speaker, a guy who wants to express his love but is worried what the woman would respond. Although Prufrock appears to be speaking to someone, he is actually speaking to himself as he walks through the city streets on his approach to his beloved.
The speaker is not one of the characters in the poem, although some readers have assumed that he is one of them. He is an abstract entity who loves and hates, dreams and despairs, just like any other person. Unlike others, however, he is willing to set down his feelings in words, making him the creator of this diary.
Love is his main subject, but even when describing his love for her, he sounds more like he is describing his love for life: "Loving you would be like being locked out in rain / That does not stop but keeps falling all the same." Even though he knows she will never love him back, he continues to show his love by trying to impress her with his wealth and sophistication.
He ends up feeling miserable and lonely, so he decides to leave town. However, before he goes, he burns all of his letters so she will never read about how much he misses her. This shows that even though he knows she cannot return his love, he still wants to keep her happy until they meet again in heaven or hell.
What does "The Tell-Tale Heart's" narrator want people to think of him? He wants everyone to think he's smart and patient. Actually, he's both of these things, but he also wants them to think he's crazy.
In fact, he goes as far as saying, "I'm not insane. I've just seen more than most people." This shows that we should never judge someone by their appearance or how they act because what may look like madness to one person can be inspiration for another.
He also wants people to think he's dead. So yes, he's mad, but he's not alone in this madness.