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"From Spectator Ab Extra" by Arthur Hugh Clough Through out the poem the reader realises how the character is. Just by the first stanza you can tell the persona is proud, pleased by money, wants self-satisfaction and to sound sophisticated. And then, looking back in the poem some new characteristics appear: the constant repetition of "I" and "My" suggests he is self-centred and the repetition of words like: "money", "pleasures", "eating and drinking" says he is superficial. Also he tries to show that there is a difference between himself and his social class, and the lower ones by calling the poor classes: "they", in a derogatory way. ...read more.


The use of the word: "throw" gives the impression that he did not want to touch them, as if they were animals. It is shocking because the man tries to be sophisticated and well-seen but after that he is more seen like an arrogant and disrespectful person. And then he thinks: "so pleasant it is to have money". The third stanza begins with a repetition the second line in the first stanza. Here the lyrical "I" expresses what he thinks "they" think. He says they probably "talk" while they ask for "pelf" (derogatory way of saying money) and that they may think that no one ever has "to think of one's self". ...read more.


Money is all he has, he is isolated because of this thoughts and personality, and there seems to be no happiness in his words even if he says he has all pleasures. .The structure is the same for the three stanzas; it has four lines and then the repetition of the phrase we talked about before, total of six lines. For the first four lines of each stanza there is an AABB rhyme scheme. Even if the poem seems to has a negative moral, because it tries to put in our heads that money is all that matter, there is a positive point about it, it makes people ask themselves if they are like this man, if they have the same attitudes, in order to change our minds and not being so arrogant as he is. ...read more.

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