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|Journal on A Description of The Morning
I think this poem described primarily about the common people, especially who should woke up early in the morning to do hard working. When I first see this topic "a description of the morning", I thought that it will be a beautiful poem about describing the beautiful and brightly sight of morning. Because in my memory, I usually thought that morning is the beginning of the day. So it usually have some pretty and lovely sight, such as birds singing, wind breezing and so on.
But when I read this poem, I found that everything is upside down. This is a realistic description of the morning of London in18 century. At the beginning of the poem, it says that "Now hardly here and there a hackney-coach appearing, showed the ruddy morn*s approach". This is apparently a lifeless description of the beginning of the day. Then the following lengths are talking about some people who wake up early to do their duty as usual. The slip-shod prentice pared the dirt and sprinkled the floor. Moll whirled her mop to scrub the entry and stairs. Even the youth have his routine. There are still lots of descriptions about the people work in the early morning. In these lines, we can see that most the adjectives the speaker used are not very bright and active, but quite lifeless and positive instead. Such as "slip-shod" "discompose" and so on. Even the description of the youth is the same. Usually, we will think that youth is a age that full of energy and active. But as we can see in this poem, it says that the youth used a broomy "stumps". "stump" is a really lifeless thing. So here again is opposite from our common sense. Obviously, we could feel that this poem is quite calm and silent. It seems that everyone just starts their work and care nothing about others. They can not feel the beautiful morning is approaching. We can see that the work they did just as a routine in their daily life. These works are just as duty to them. They just work hardly and morning has nothing specially meaning to them. Everyone became cold and indifferent. What really count is finish their job and make their boss satisfy.
I think this poem focus on the dirt and corruption in the city. Because this is an eighteenth century poem, it obviously is an industrial world. All things around people are gray and industrial. So people in that age easily become indifferent and selfish. What really important to them is if they can do their job well and get more profit or not. Even at the last of the poem, it says the schoolboys lag with satchels in their hands. It gives me the idea that even the little and young children followed this kind of lifeless way of living.
Also we could find out that this is a end-stopped poem. I think one of the reason is that the speaker want us to think about the issue and statement. Another reason that it want to express that people described in each length care nothing about others. There is no connection between them. They only care whether they did their job well or not.
Just as nowadays, it is a utilitarian world. Our life now is quite similar to the life in this poem. Maybe that's why our society become disorder and corruption day by day. I think the speaker prefer the life before 18 century. Everything is much more active and bright. Morning is exactly the way it must be. Morning in the past seems to be a lovely and happy start of the day, but now it become lifeless without any specialty and energy. I think although this poem used simple words to described what the poet him saw. We can understand it easily. But in this way, I think we can think it more carefully and feel that it has many connections to our life. I like this poem.
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