Analysis Of The Poem ' The Winter Evening Settles Down '

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T.S Eliot’s poem, “The winter evening settles down” is a short, simple to read poem with several different examples of imagery. Eliot uses descriptive words, for instance, “withered leaves”, “broken blinds”, and “lonely cab-horse” (lines 7-10). He paints an extremely bleak image of a town that seems to be deserted of people. The tone of the poem plays hand-in-hand with the imagery used. This town is an unpleasant place where it has seemed to be neglected for some years now. Eliot’s use of imagery takes the reader to this deserted, torpid place; however, at the same time, his goal is to bring the life back into this grim town.

As stated prior, the town being described in the poem has a very dull and gloomy feel that surrounds it. The first line reads, “the winter evening settles down.” By personifying winter, the reader is able to have a visual idea of what is currently happening in this fallen town. After reading this line one is able to make the inference that the setting of this poem is the winter season. A winters day can start off beautiful and seem magical, however, when the day comes to an end and the snow slowly starts to melt and everything becomes disgusting. Eliot is slowly painting an eerie scene in just the first line of the poem. There is also an underlying feeling of exhaustion and boredom described throughout this poem. “The burnt-out ends of smoky days” (line 4) causes the reader to visualize perhaps the burnt out end of a cigarette. The fire is gone at the

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