Could someone help me analyze the poem "A London Thoroughfare 2 AM" by Amy Lowell?I am writing an essay on this poem but I am a bit unsure what to write, I have to discuss the content,...
Could someone help me analyze the poem "A London Thoroughfare 2 AM" by Amy Lowell?
I am writing an essay on this poem but I am a bit unsure what to write, I have to discuss the content, ideas/themes, mood and atmosphere and the structure.
This freeform poem is written from the first person point of view - the narrator is talking to the reader, relating what is observed while looking out the window in the very early morning.
London is described as "an alien city" and the poem conveys no sense of enjoyment or affection for it from the narrator. The observations are reported with no enthusiasm and possibly with some sense of apprehension or fear. The light of the street lamps is a "glare" of "cold, white lamps." There's no curiosity about the people walking on the street at that hour of the night because they are "night-walkers" (prostitutes? thieves?) or "tramps." The overall reaction to the scene below is "The city is squalid and sinister."
In contrast with this dismal reaction to London is the narrator's reaction to the moon, the familiar "clear and round" object within view. It appears "thin and lustreless" because of all the city lights within view, but is still a beloved reassurance - something well-known and beloved in the midst of all the strangeness and coldness of the unfamiliar surroundings.