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In T. S. Eliot's "Preludes," what are some examples of assonance, alliteration, and...

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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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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 24, 2010 at 1:35 AM (Answer #1)

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Here's stanza I:

The winter evening settles down 
With smell of steaks in passageways. 
Six o'clock. 
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 passagewaysSix o'clock."

End-rhyme: "stamps" / "lamps"

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