Thomas stearns eliot and american poetry

Research paper on thomas stearns eliot and american poetry. Needs to be 4 pages. The title of the story ‘Prelude’ has a significant meaning that can be classified as an introduction to something in both general and musical sense. Thesis: Through this poem poet represents the characteristics of the modern society and introduces the monotonous view of the society that is destructing the peaceful environment and the traditional lifestyle of the human race particularly their norms and culture. In the first stanza of the poem, poet illustrates the portrayal of a common street of a modern city with an omniscient point of view, where the people have become cold of feelings and society has become desolate. The poet represents herself as an observer who is outside in the dusk of a winter evening, where she is observing the appearance and the atmosphere of the street. According to the poem, the time is pinpointed at six o’ clock, and the observer is standing on the pavement of the street among the withered leaves. The people of the city reside in one-roomed apartments and at this time they are busy cooking their evening meal particularly steak. The poet uses the word ‘passageways’ that proposes that the houses of the city have turned into a flat for rent. Although it also gives an idea that it is the part of the city that is badly maintained. In the second line of the stanza, ‘With smells of steaks in passageways’ suggests that the day is over, and the night is beginning. In the fourth line, the use of ‘smoky days’ has a contradiction that, it is either use to describe the smoky day or, the smoke is caused by cooking. Similarly, the word ‘burnt out’ is rather used to explain the exhaustion or tiredness of the people or either suggests that the steak has become overcooked. ‘Grimy scraps’ portrays the filth and messiness of the street where lots of newspapers are blowing around, and there are many empty spaces on the street with the lack of buildings.

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