The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock in popular culture

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T. S. Eliot's 1915 poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is often referenced in popular culture.

Film and television[edit]

The poem is quoted several times, by various characters, in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979).[1][2]

The film I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) directed by Patricia Rozema takes its title from a line in the poem; as does the film Eat the Peach (1986), directed by Peter Ormrod.

In the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris (2011), Gil (Owen Wilson) mentions the poem to T.S. Eliot as they get into a taxi.[3][4]



Novels that reference the poem include The Long Goodbye (1953) by Raymond Chandler, the young-adult novel The Chocolate War (1974) by Robert Cormier, The Eternal Footman (1999, the title of which also comes from the poem) by James K. Morrow, and When Beauty Tamed the Beast (2011) by Eloisa James. The August 1972 issue of National Lampoon featured an article by Sean Kelly entitled "The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover" which began "We'd better go quietly, you and I."[8] Humorist Kinky Friedman also wrote a novel entitled The Love Song of J. Edgar Hoover. The young-adult novelists John Green and Sarah Dessen make references to the poem in their respective novels The Fault in Our Stars and Dreamland. In The Austere Academy in A Series of Unfortunate Events, the Baudelaire orphans attend Prufrock Preparatory School.


  1. ^ "Apocalypse Now Redux (1979/2001)", Film Freak Central, 16 August 2014, originally published 17 August 2001
  2. ^ Greg M. Colón Semenza, Bob Hasenfratz (2015). The History of British Literature on Film, 1895–2015. Bloomsbury. p. 314. ISBN 9781623561871. 
  3. ^ "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" – T.S. Eliot, old taxi park, 4 June
  4. ^ "Midnight in Paris: a beginner's guide to modernism" by Jonathan Jones, The Guardian, 12 October 2011
  5. ^ Horowitz, Hal. "Childish Things – Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-08. 
  6. ^ "Love Ire & Song – Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-09. 
  7. ^ Melis, Matt (2008-05-24). "Guilty Pleasure: Crash Test Dummies – God Shuffled His Feet". Consequence of Sound. 
  8. ^ "Issue #29 The Miracle of Democracy". 1997-11-03. Retrieved 2012-05-08.