Preludes 1-4 by T.S. Eliot

In this paper I will explain The Form, The Structure and The Meaning
in the Preludes I through IV written by T.S. Eliot.


Form is the metrical and stanziac organization of a poem. T.S. Eliot
write the first Prelude in a 13-line stanza. He writes the second Prelude in
Cinquains. He uses 15 stanza form in Prelude three. For Prelude four he uses
9-Quatrain-Tercet. I believe that he wrote these Preludes in Traditional
writting because it has metrics and stanziac writtings and Candence which is
phrases which fall into Symmetrical or almost Symmetrical patterns observed
when speech rhythm is highly organized also known as Free Speech.
Structure is the fromal asspect of a poem seperated from form
including the arrangement and developement of images, metaphors and
various statements and situations in relation to the theme. Some of the
Structures used are Ambiguity, double or multiple meanings attached to
words or situations, and then the lighting of the lamps, Symbolism, a word
or image that signafies something other than what it represents, raising
dingy shades in a thousand furnished rooms, Irony, statement that
contadicts the actuak attitude of the speaker or a situation that turns out
different than whats expected, you tossed a blanket from the bed you lay
upon your back and waited…you curled the papers from your hair or
clasped the yellow soles of your feet in the palms of both soiled hands.

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I believe the meaning of the first Prelude is that Eliot is trying to explain
the seasons in one poem. He says the winter evening settles down
(winter)..the burnt-out ends of smokey days(summer)..wiethered leaves
about your feet(fall)…the showers beat down(spring)..


Prelude I think that he is explaing in the first paragraph the morning after a big
party and the in the second he follows with almost the same theme except the
party is in a big hall. For the third Prelude I believe hes explaing the morning
after a long night of work that needed to be done. The last Prelude I believe
that he is trying to explain the presence of a spirit watching over a busy world
filled with images of workers.

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