Reading Themes Valentine 2014 - Poetry and Book Love

[Valentine Week 2014] The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock as read aloud by T. S. Eliot


Myra here.

I am excited to share our first poem this week with my absolute favourite: T. S. Eliot and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” I would not even presume to know what this poem means but that’s part of its appeal, I suppose. Plus the glimpses of truth that whisper to my ear, such as the oft-quoted “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” And this:

Do I dare

disturb the universe?

In a minute there is time

For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

I took a photo of certain verses from the poem that moved me deeply and edited it with a handy app. I am also very glad to find a reading by T. S. Eliot himself of this timeless poem.



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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

3 comments on “[Valentine Week 2014] The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock as read aloud by T. S. Eliot

  1. Lovely post, Myra. Thank you.


  2. I loved reading the words you chose, Myra, and hearing him. What a gift (most times) the internet is, to be able to access such wealth. Thank you!


  3. Fats Suela

    “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons…” And my favorite is the last verse! Lovely, lovely! =)


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