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Analysis - Journal #1 - Page 1 Jason S H Perry Captain...

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Page 1 Jason S H Perry Captain Dandeles English 211 – T2 21 January 2008 Analysis of “The winter evening settles down” T.S. Eliot’s “The winter evening settles down,” provides social commentary on the daily life of England’s lower-class in the early 1900s. The use of vivid imagery and symbolism create a realistic scene within the reader’s imagination, allowing Eliot to establish the somber mood of the poem. When superficially read, the poem merely describes a city scene experiencing bad weather. Lines 5-7 state, “And now a gusty shower wraps / The grimy scraps / Of withered leaves about your feet” (Kennedy 745). However, in analyzing the piece, one must not fail to overlook the importance of understanding the author’s background. In 1914, the outbreak of World War I forced Eliot to move from Germany to London. This forced relocation profoundly influences one’s interpretation of this piece. The poem evokes feelings of loneliness and despair, as “The showers beat / On broken blinds and chimney-pots” (Kennedy 745).
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