What is the full analysis of the poem "The Winter Evening Settles Down"?

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"The Winter Evening Settles Down" is the first part of T.S. Eliot's "Preludes." It consists of thirteen lines written in free verse, with an irregular rhyme scheme and meter. The lengths of the lines, and their inclusion or omission of rhyme, correlate with the message and mood each line is intended to convey. "Six o'clock," for example, is an isolated line, the shortest in the poem; this gives it an impact not unlike the sound of a clock sounding out six o'clock. It is an interruption to the rest of the poem and its world. Eliot uses colorful language to evoke various senses: the "smell of steaks" and the "burnt-out" "smoky" neighborhood can be felt, as well as imagined.

Eliot uses language, too, to create a semantic field of the "burnt-out" and the dried-up: the neighborhood is "withered," "vacant," "broken," and "lonely." One can imagine the sensation of leaves as they "wrap" around "your" feet—note Eliot's use of the second-person to directly address the reader, drawing them into...

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