Anaylsis of the poem "Morning at the Window"
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Analysis of the poem "Morning at the Window" The title "Morning at the Window" may be viewed as paradoxical because the title evokes a joyful awakening, although the poem is not joyful as closer analysis reveals. I believe the person who is speaking in the poem to be Eliot. However, it could be a character Eliot has created, a person of higher social status; we know this because the person has a window and therefore does not live in a basement. The window may be symbolic of a wall, much like the "Iron Curtain" in Germany, separating reality from fantasy, social classes. I believe this to be the first time this person has looked out the window and is clearly observing society because of the deep sorrow and pity he is expressing towards the "housemaids" with "damp souls". The poem is empirical. Immediately, we know that the speaker has excluded himself from the first line saying "They", meaning the majority.
"Damp souls" is an extremely negative phrase, clearly saying that these people are deeply unhappy. An example of the working class, is used, "housemaids". The person whom is looking out of the window is expressing deep sorrow and pity for these "housemaids" with "damp souls" In line four, the poet uses a verb, "sprouting", the word sprouting gives me the an image of housemaids appearing out of nowhere . The word "despondently" clearly evokes to the reader that these people are immensely depressed with their life and the feeling of being trapped in their situations, seeing no escape from their repetitive and unfulfilling lifestyles. This stanza has dramatic powerful imagery of melancholic people appearing on the street preparing for another miserable and lifeless day. At the start of the second stanza, Eliot says, "brown waves", giving a sense of unhygienic and polluted air, because we associate the colour "brown" as a dirty, dull colour. "Fog" is symbolic of confusion; Eliot has personified the "fog" by using the verb "toss", therefore giving it human-like qualities and actions.
The "aimless smile" then "hovers in the air" and "vanishes along the level of the roofs", meaning the smile is exposed to the society and then reaches above the roof tops and disappears into nothingness. There is alliteration in the poem, "breakfast" and "basements", "am" and "aware", "souls" and "sprouting". Eliot uses many poetic devices in this poem, the connotations of the morning and the basement, onomatopoeia is used when referring to the "rattling", Eliot has also used a metaphor of the working classes, the "housemaids". Also using symbolic words, such as "fog" and the "window". The alliteration is used to help the rhythm flow when real aloud. I like the poem because Eliot is not criticizing society; he is just merely observing society. I sense a revolutionary aura in the poem. Although Eliot has not given a solution for these people in his poem, he has attempted the first step to any solution, he has observed society. Eliot has produced a successful poem effectively using poetry devices; creating thoughts, feelings and numerous word paintings.
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