Eliot wrote “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” between February 1910 and July or August 1911. Shortly after arriving in England to attend Merton College, Oxford, Eliot was introduced to American expatriate poet Ezra Pound, who instantly deemed Eliot “worth watching” and aided the start of Eliot’s career. Pound served as the overseas editor of Poetry: A Magazine of Verse and recommended to the magazine’s founder, Harriet Monroe, that Poetry publish “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, extolling that Eliot and his work embodied a new and unique phenomenon among contemporary writers.
Psychologist Erich Fromm maintained in his book The Art of Loving that love is not merely a feeling but is also actions, and that in fact, the "feeling" of love is superficial in comparison to one's commitment to love via a series of loving actions over time.  In this sense, Fromm held that love is ultimately not a feeling at all, but rather is a commitment to, and adherence to, loving actions towards another, oneself, or many others, over a sustained duration.  Fromm also described love as a conscious choice that in its early stages might originate as an involuntary feeling, but which then later no longer depends on those feelings, but rather depends only on conscious commitment.