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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In section II, there is alliteration of the hard "c" sound that begins the words "comes" and "consciousness" (II.1), the "s" sound that begins "stale smells" (II.2), the "s" sound the begins "sawdust" and "street" (these two words are also an example of consonance, with their final "t" sound). There's actually lots of consonance from line to line in this section on the final "s" sound: "consciousness" (II.1), "smells" (II.2), "press" (II.4), "stands" (II.5), "masquerades" (II.6), "resumes (II.7), "thinks" and "hands" (II.8), "shades" (II.9), and "rooms" (II.10). There is assonance on the long "a" sound in "faint stale" (II.2), the long "e" sound in "muddy feet" (II.4), and the long "a" in "raising" and "shades" (II.9).

I think it is reasonable to suggest that the poem takes a sex worker or prostitute as its subject. The...

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