PosterĄG Maggie Pan at 12:23:53 3/17/98 from c445-9.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
| This poem is primarily talking about the life
of common people in the early morning. The poem begins
with the two lines, " now hardly here and there a
hackney-coach appearing, showed the ruddy morn's
approch." and the beginning gives readers a hint that
the noble do not have as high position as they did.
Therefore, they lose the power and are not so wealthy and
this accounts for why a hackney-coachis "hardly" seen.
On the contrary, common people go in to all kinds of
working fields and bring vitality ti the whole society.
When the morning begins, they have to start working. So
this is the reason why the speaker says that "showed the ruddy
Then the speaker starts to discribe the life in the early
morning of people of various jobs. Betty, a servant, is forced
to make an company with her master. Though she is
unwilling to do it, she still have to obey the order. But she
still feels nervous and jittery that what if someone else find
the abnormal relationship between her master and her. Or what
she can do if the master's wife it, she might be fired and
loses her job !So Betty left her master's bed guickly, "softly,"
the speaker even uses "flown" to describe how careful she is to avoid
being found in the room of her master. At the same time, store and
shops open. We can see that the prentice is cleaning inside and outside.
then we see anther servant is doing her job. It seems that Moll has been
doing this job for a long time, so she "whirled her mop with dext'rous airs."
She is quick at doing her job due to the experience piled up for decades.
Usually we "the youth," we think of vitality and energy. But here in this
poem, the youth is one " with brommy stumos." However, he still "trace"
the kennel-edge and maybe it is an expression of life though he is disabled.
but I am confused that why the youth traces the kennel-edge and what "kennel-edge"
means. The small-coal man is cleaning the chimneys and the"cadence deep" is sounds
made by his work. According to the word the speaker uses, we may know that the sounds
contain a sort of happiness and joy expressed when the small-coal is working.
But the world is not always so beautiful, hence, the speaker continues to reveal
another side ofthe world to us. as the morning begins, the duns start ti work , too.
They gather at the lordship's gate to get thier money back. I think the speaker expresses
hos humor in this line, "duns at his lorfship' gate began to meet."
The lordship should be noble, rich and loyal, but now they are in debts. In line 14, the
"brickdust" may be caused by those duns when they gather in front of the gate and knock
the brickwall to express their anger. Therefore, when Moll, the servant, saw the situation
outside she is totally shocked and afraid. So she screamed and almost through the half streer
can hear her voice! In the morning, the turnkey sees his flock, the prisoners, returning. At
first, I think that the turnkey is so conciderate that he let these prisoners out and be free for
a period of time. But the truth is totally the opposited. The reason the turnkey let them out is make
them get the money as bribery for hin prepared. And the bailiffs did not say a word though they knoe the
truth. They "take their silent stands."The last line is also a very interesting scene. "schoolboys lag with
satchels in their hands." Most of time, people describe children on theway to school are happy and talktive.
But the schoolboys in the poem are unwilling to go to school, therefore, they walk slowly and maybe quietly
and the satchels seems too feavy for them. In my opinion, the scene is more vivid, interesting and realistic
then other descriptions.
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