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Comment 33 of 63, added on January 24th, 2012 at 12:56 PM.
Prelude is indeed an interesting poem.If analysed stylistically,especially
the first stanza, it contains a lot of stylistic devices.
Kimja Nahin from India
Comment 32 of 63, added on February 17th, 2011 at 10:10 PM.
the poem was composed in about 1915 .. it encompases 4 broad divisions with
the first two n last two being vry similar . the 1st 2 preludes unload the
mundane urban squalor which is suggested to be in a decadent state by usage
of words like "winter evening " , " burntout stubs " , "stale .. " ... etc
the third prelude suggests prostitution in a vague manner ..
Comment 31 of 63, added on November 21st, 2010 at 3:08 AM.
i was 4m cbse and now in isc.. this helped me a lot...
Comment 30 of 63, added on February 19th, 2010 at 2:36 PM.
Preludes reflects spiritual crisis of modern era
Preludes initiates waste-land.It projects spiritual decay,and turning human
civilization to primitive -sense pleasure , seconded by the dominance of
The poet is undone to share his own race .Modern man knows nothing but
the demand of physical appetite .The totality of man's intellect gets
directed to sex and food .
Subrata Ray .Uluberia .West.Bengal .India .
Comment 29 of 63, added on February 19th, 2010 at 8:49 AM.
Prelude as a modern poem
The dominance of instinct over heart and head ,and feasting the gross
senses of modern working-class people find sense and language in Eliot's
Precludes” suggests the advent of modern age. Modern urban is as it were,
an ever winter. It is bleak and somber. The poem begins from the winter
evening. The time is six o’clock. It aught to have been a time of prayer
but, nay, it, with the modern man is a time of debauchery. The atmosphere
around suggests this. There is a smell of steaks in the passage ways. The
whole day ends with the appetite of consumption- “The burnt out ends of
smoky days”. The things around are in utter disorder. The “withered
leaves”, “broken blinds” gathering newspapers wrapping the
street-work-feet, gusty shower,- all suggest the setting of anarchy. The
poet suggests that modern men have been dehumanized. For this waywardness,
a cab-horse reacts by stamping its feet on the street. So, we find in the
first stanza, a unique representation of modern urban life. The poet gives
us some broken pictures, - which are the poet’s objective correlative.
Eliot’s ‘precludes’ is a modern poem in more than one
sense. First of all it reveals the spirit of modern urban life with a
number of objective correlatives. From stanza 1 to 4, we find the cyclic
order of the day, -evening – morning – afternoon – evening. The poem houses
with it the frustration, -monotony, waywardness, sterility and debauchery
of modern life. It is a advent of west – land, where wholesomeness,
sweetness and light of life are lost.
The poet concludes his poem with “the notion of some
infinitely gentle in finitely suffering thing”. And it is that the modern
man’s suffering is beyond any measure but they do not know what for they
suffer. The order of this world goes on ceaselessly like the plight of the
destitute woman who would vainly search fuel in the abandoned building –
Subrata Ray Mousumipara .Uluberia .West Bengal .India .
Comment 28 of 63, added on December 3rd, 2009 at 10:41 AM.
i m in 11 n doing ISC .. it is a very good poem n teaches a lot about the
modern behaviour n portrays the issolation of an individual from the
society.. i must tell everyone that the 3rd lyrics is nothing about
vivek bengani from India
Comment 27 of 63, added on March 31st, 2009 at 3:36 AM.
As an inseperable part of the modernist movement in poetry, "Preludes"
offers an insight into the impersonal, anti-romatic, psychological and
provocative style framed by Eliot which was to characterise major modern
poems of the era. So much stark is the depiction of the dingy milieu of
emotionless city life that all positive aspects have been deliberately
subdued to the depiction of dirt. Finally the non-committal, cynical
existential outlook of the poet persists in his gestures of wiping his hand
over his mouth with a futile laughter. At a rare instance of being personal
the poet ultimately surrenders his feelings of disgust as he can no longer
hold on to the pessimism he comes across.
Chiranjit Kr. Nandy
Comment 26 of 63, added on February 20th, 2008 at 1:36 PM.
Wow, this poem is amazing. I mean there is a prostitute a poor,
under-payed, over-worked, poor worker. It is all the poem you will ever
need on those lonely, cold nights - when nothing's on the tele.
from South Africa
Comment 25 of 63, added on April 25th, 2007 at 6:20 AM.
Hi I'm in grade 11 and I am studying 5 of T.S. Eliot's poems and one of
them happens to be Preludes. I find analyzing Preludes and his other poems
are really hard!
Pris from Australia
Comment 24 of 63, added on May 6th, 2006 at 4:40 AM.
Is a deeply thoughtful poem.It illustrates human misery and reality of
life.It gives you a wide image of life. Life is not only based on
materialism but, it is based on the"Fruitful essence" of trials and
FARZAANA EBRAHIM KHOTA
from South Africa
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