In T. S. Eliot's "Preludes," what are some examples of assonance, alliteration, and consonance?
What about the meaning of the poem? Some people say it is about prostitution, but I am not sure. It sounds more like a troubled normal life in the modern era.
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Here's stanza I:
The winter evening settles down
With smell of steaks in passageways.
The burnt-out ends of smoky days.
And now a gusty shower wraps
The grimy scraps
Of withered leaves about your feet
And newspapers from vacant lots;
The showers beat
On broken blinds and chimneypots,
And at the corner of the street
A lonely cab-horse steams and stamps.
And then the lighting of the lamps.
Alliteration: "broken blinds," "lighting of the lamps."
Assonance: "leaves about your feet," "now a gusty shower"
Consonance: "steams and stamps"
Sibilance: "steaks in passageways. Six o'clock."
End-rhyme: "stamps" / "lamps"
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