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Preludes

Although "Preludes" is presented as a single poem, it is actually a collection of short pieces that T.S. Elliot wrote while in college. "Preludes" shows his development in free verse and his...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2012 6:14 pm UTC

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Well, the third part of Eliot's Preludes seems to be addressing an unnamed "you" figure who's part of the neighborhood Eliot is decribing throughout the poem. The lines you've identified help us...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019 1:28 pm UTC

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Even the title of "Preludes" suggests a modernist poem. The idea of a prelude naturally includes the idea that something comes after it. In Eliot's poem, however, four preludes to nothing emphasize...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2020 7:12 am UTC

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Preludes is a pretty name for the poem written by T.S. Eliot - it suggests music, and also the presage of an event, usually something exciting or something to look forward to. It's written in free...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2009 7:09 pm UTC

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A century old this year, T.S. Eliot's Preludes raises the curtain on his great modernist masterpieces, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land and The Hollow Men. In essence four poems...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2011 4:15 am UTC

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Eliot uses images of loneliness, alienation and ugliness in this poem to critique society's lack of values and rootlessness. Images such as "vacant lots," which is repeated twice, "a lonely...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2017 9:49 am UTC

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In "The Winter Evening Settles Down," T.S. Eliot uses careful word choice suggesting a once-busy neighborhood that is now falling asleep: With the line "[...] smells of steaks in passageways,"...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020 6:18 pm UTC

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The image of the modern in Preludes by T. S. Eliot is conveyed through striking visual and sensual imagery of an urban wasteland, as in the lines:   One thinks of all the handsThat are raising...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2012 8:41 pm UTC

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There are some people who think that "Preludes" by the poet TS Eliot actually serves as a "prelude" to some of his later works. It is true that is seems a good preparation for the cityscape and...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2010 6:56 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2018 1:18 am UTC

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In the opening stanza, there is a metaphor when the speaker says that the early evenings constitute “the burnt-out ends of smoky days." The days are not literally "burnt," but the metaphor implies...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020 2:53 pm UTC

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This delicate, ironically titled poem is a portrait of an old man’s thoughts alone in a dingy room. The 1st stanza sets the setting – urban, windy, etc. Evening (dusk, the streetlamps being lit);...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2011 2:00 am UTC

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This early Eliot poem contains lines which find echoes in his famous "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," opening as it does with a description of how "the winter evening settles down" amid "the...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2018 11:10 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2019 4:16 pm UTC

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The rhyme pattern here, in my view, doesn't correspond to anything especially meaningful or recognizable in the established poetic forms of literary history. We see the following scheme for the...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020 4:21 am UTC

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"The winter evening settles down" is the first line of the poem called "Preludes" by T.S. Eliot. The poem describes a sordid, grimy, lower-class neighborhood in an industrialized city in the early...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2019 5:07 pm UTC

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Literary “modernism” can be (and has been) variously defined, and the task of saying what, precisely, makes any particular poem a “modernist” work is very difficult. One way to think of modernism...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 5:34 am UTC

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The speaker in the poem is the poet himself and later in the poem he seems to be talking to someone. We think it is probably a woman because of the words 'curled papers' which she seems to be...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2013 10:08 am UTC

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Eliot's primary target in his descriptions of urban life is to avoid the Romanticized images that have been present for so long. He seeks to create a reality that mirrors any large urban setting,...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2011 3:56 pm UTC

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In "Preludes", T.S. Eliot depicts desperate, spiritually and mentally exhausted people living in an impersonal, sinful city. The stark language evokes images of a lonley, dismal, debauched culture....

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010 3:56 am UTC

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“Preludes” is a poem of loneliness and the impersonal nature of the city, the emptiness of urban life and the often grimy, squalid environment—both physical and mental—in which so many people must...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 6:20 pm UTC

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"Preludes" is a modernist poem by TS Eliot written in free verse. The language in the poem lends itself to imagery: there are dirty lots and dingy rooms, "short square fingers stuffing pipes", and...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2012 2:12 pm UTC

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In the long poem Prelude by T.S. Eliot the line 'The Winter Evening Settles Down' appears to denote the way the rest of part of the urban depiction will go, although in anti-climactic sort of way,...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2010 9:52 pm UTC

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I. Your unnamed narrator walks dwindlingly populated city streets, but he is clearly alone: even the people still populating the streets are distant. It is night. II. Morning begins to break, dawn,...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2012 2:17 pm UTC

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