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What is the connection between humanity and "his soul stretched tight across the skies," and how does "the street lose its role as their conscience," with conscience in its moral sense, in the analysis of "Preludes" by T.S. Eliot?

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Certainly, I'd be happy to clarify those points.

Firstly, the phrase "his soul stretched tight across the skies" is a metaphor that T.S. Eliot uses to suggest a kind of spiritual or existential projection. The "soul" here symbolizes the inner life or essence of a person, which is "stretched tight" or strained in an effort to connect with something larger or more meaningful, represented by the "skies". In this context, the "skies" could be interpreted as representing the divine, the infinite, or simply the larger human experience. The notion of humanity here refers to the core essence of being human, which includes the capacity for deep emotional, intellectual, and spiritual engagement with the world. As the people of the neighborhood lose touch with these aspects of their humanity, their "souls" – their inner lives or essences – are no longer able to connect with the larger human experience, symbolized by their inability to stretch across the "skies".

Secondly, the phrase "the street also loses its role as their conscience" refers to the idea that the physical environment can reflect, or even shape, the mental and moral states of the people who inhabit it. The "street" here is more than just a physical place; it's a symbol for the shared social and moral environment of the neighborhood. If the people of the neighborhood are losing touch with their humanity, then their shared environment – the street – also loses its ability to reflect or shape their moral sensibilities. In other words, the street "loses its role as their conscience". The use of the term "conscience" here does indeed refer to the moral sense of the word. It suggests that the street, as a shared social and moral environment, once had the ability to guide or influence the moral decisions and behaviors of the people in the neighborhood. But as the people lose touch with their humanity, the street loses this role.

I hope this helps clarify those points for you. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

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The AI-generated response has some accurate suggestions. However, it doesn't consider the confusion the reviewer of your analysis is experiencing and how to address it directly.

Your feedback appears to be confused about the wording you chose. Below, you will find a straightforward way to explain what I believe you meant to communicate in your analysis:

Regarding the highlighted sentence, "As the people of the neighborhood lose touch with their humanity (symbolized by the projected entity in the sky), the street also loses its role as their conscience, becoming increasingly "blackened" by their "insistent feet?" I can see how the phrasing may have been unclear. Here is a potential clarification of your intended meaning:

  1. The phrase "soul stretched tight across the skies" symbolizes the spiritual/emotional disconnect people experience from the natural world and their own inner selves. It doesn't directly equate with a loss of humanity per se but rather a detachment from the deeper aspects of human experience and connectedness.
  2. By "the street losing its role as their conscience," you may be referencing the physical environment of the street, which could represent a moral or ethical grounding for the community that becomes degraded and sullied ("blackened") by the relentless, soulless routine of the inhabitants ("insistent feet"). The street loses its symbolic role as a centering force or reminder of higher values.
  3. Check to confirm that your reference to "conscience" is in the moral/ethical sense rather than consciousness. The way you use it in a sentence might be confusing its meaning with conscienceness (being alert and awake)

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