T. S. Eliot’s poem, “Preludes” is filled with images. The poem consists of four parts. Each part can stand alone, however here T. S. Eliot, has bond all four parts together to make one lovely poem. Although the poem displays a lot of imagery of condition surrounding Eliot’s’ era, it produces a melancholy feel. In the first line the speaker inform the reader that this poem take place, during a winter night. The speaker quotes, “The winter evening settles down”. Then in line three, he gets more pacific with the time of day by saying, its “six o’clock”. He goes on in line eight, to say “newspapers from vacant lots”, giving readers a sense of city urban life. Line nine “the shows beat” insinuates that it is raining outside. To seal his meaning of urban life, he follows up in line ten by saying, “The morning comes to consciousness / of faint stale smells of beer”. Line fifteen, which is the former line, stale smells of beer, suggest that possibly people has been partying all night. Line sixteen, seventeen and eighteen, confirms his notion that many people stay up all night weather partying or walking the street. He quotes, ‘From the sawdust-trampled street / with all its muddy feet that press / to early coffee-stands”. Again, he reminds readers of urban life by saying, in line twenty two and twenty three, “One thinks of all the hands / that are raising dingy shades”. In part three the speakers become more direct when he says “You tossed a blanket from the bed, and waited” T. S. Eliot purposely points out the part of tossing of the blanket from the bed and lay upon your back. Leaving readers to assume that someone if waiting for a prostitute or is perhaps a prostitute. Line thirty six, brings us back to urban life when he says, “You curled the papers from your hair”. Often times of old, many poor people would roles their hair at night with newspaper or brown paper bag because they had no rolers. Lastly, in part four the speaker switches from a directness to an indirect approach. He uses words like “his and your”; his thoughts seem to be all over the place. Line forty one, he says, “trampled by insistent feet”. Then in line forty three, he announces “fingers stuffing pipes”. This idea follows up with the notion, “And evening newspapers and eyes”.
Miniesia

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