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I really enjoy reading Estherˇ¦s journal. I think she did a great job in explicitly analyzing Eliotˇ¦s poem and providing her own unique interpretation as well. Like what she said in her journal, Eliot (or the speaker) criticizes how weary, empty and meaningless life people lead in modern society. In this poem, the speaker mentions ˇ§you,ˇ¨ ˇ§He,ˇ¨ and ˇ§Iˇ¨ respectively. But I think actually the speaker addresses to everyone. Any of us has the possibility to be the protagonist in this poem, repeating the same daily routine in such a dull city. Throughout the poem, the setting is always described negatively, such as grimy scraps of withered leaves, broken blinds, lonely cab-horses, and so on. It seems to be a deserted city. As a result, people living in this city lack of energy, either. In the third stanza, the speaker describes what ˇ§youˇ¨ do in detail. ˇ§You tossed a blanketˇK, you lay upon your backˇK, you dozedˇK, you heard the sparrowsˇK, you curled the papersˇK.ˇ¨ Although this stanza is full of actions, they are after all merely ˇ§the thousand sordid images.ˇ¨
I also like Estherˇ¦s interpretation about the image of the alarm clock and the newspapers. In the beginning and the end of the poem, there is the indication of exact time. It seems that the speaker is trying to remind us of what time it is, just like modern people who always keep looking at their watch. But whatˇ¦s the big deal to care about the time if you donˇ¦t know what you are doing? The newspapers are mentioned in the two stanzas also. With certainty, we believe what we saw in the papers. However, the history still rotates and we still make the same mistakes.
Referring to Estherˇ¦s question, whatˇ¦s after ˇ§Preludes?ˇ¨ I think it could be nothing. Since the prelude is such a dark and meaningless melody, why bother to continue the remains? But how about our life?