THEY are rattling breakfast plates in basement kitchens,
And along the trampled edges of the street
I am aware of the damp souls of housemaids
Sprouting despondently at area gates.

The brown waves of fog toss up to me
Twisted faces from the bottom of the street,
And tear from a passer-by with muddy skirts
An aimless smile that hovers in the air
And vanishes along the level of the roofs.

Analysis, meaning and summary of T.S. Eliot's poem Morning at the Window


  1. Supuni Rathnamalala says:

    The title evokes the joyful awakening but there is a hidden meanig .it bringsout the poverty of the people who after facing war condition.and feelings of sympathy.

  2. Saya Rasheed says:

    I think he uses images to build up the the theme of poverty. It also shows despair because he mentions the passer-by has tears in the eyes, another one wants to smile but fails to smile. He also criticizes the modern world through showing the characteristics like air pollution.

  3. john says:

    what is this poem about???

  4. BIrdman says:

    This poem is a masterpiece. I cannot however get the meaning somebody really needs to do a critism or analysis of this poem

  5. Chae' says:

    This is one of my favorite works of his…short and sweet yet it paints such a picture in the mind. Beautiful.

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