A Description of the Morning

PosterĄG Teresa at 12:24:34 3/17/98 from c445-10.svdcc.fju.edu.tw

THis poem was written by a realistic poet called
Jonathan Swift. In this poem, the speaker talks
primarily about the morning life fo common people.
The spot of the poem is in London which is usually
regarded as a city of wonder. But the poem describes
the other side of this modern city. Instead of
describing the luxurious life of upper class, the
speaker adopted the groomy materials to present the
misery of lower class people who live in London in
the eighteen century.
First of all, it mentions that it's hardly to see
hackney-coach appear in this area. It reveals that
the coach is not the essential of their commomplace
life, and it also shows that the inhabitant in this
zone must not have good financial cicumstance and
have to work by the manpower as labors. In the
following sentences, the speaker mentions "slip-shod
prentice," "Moll,"The youth," "The small-coal man"
and "chimney-sweep." These forms of address give
me an idea that they are all young guys. Especially
the "chimney-sweep" must only kids can be. Because
you can get into the chimney merely you are thin
and tiny, and only kids have this kind of figure.
Besides cleaning the chimney, they stll have to get
up early to do some other hard physical works instead
of going to school to have education. From this
part, we can be told that the lives of upper class
and lower class are vastly different. All of the
lower class people almost have to work hardly enev
you're just a child. In the midst of the poem
mentions a sentence, "The kennel-edge, where wheels
had worn the place." If the wheels are soach wheels,
where are they from? In my opinion, i think those
coaches are belonged the lord. when they pass by
the poor area, they never stop but just speed their
coaches. That's why the worn place appear.
In the latter part of poem, the speaker tells
the readers some humble and petty positions such as
"Dun" who want to get his money eargly, "brickdust
moll" which suggests the prostitute and "turnkey"
who charge with guarding the prisoners. Each of
them reminds the readers again that the murky side
of the lower class. In the last third line it
says,"Duly let out a-nights to steal for fees."
It reveals the bad public security of the lower
society. This also proves that the destitution
can really be the motive of crimes.
Although the title of this poem is called "A
Description of the Morning," we can't smell any
similar feature of the morning in this poem.
Generally, we regard "morning" standing for the
"hope," "brightness," "liveliness" and "happiness."
But actually, the contest of this poem is totally
opposite to these features. So even the title is
a contract. About the last second line, originally
it quite confused me. But I found that perhaps this
line is related with the last fourth line. THe
turnkey let "his flock' out may want them to steal
something to bribe him. Even bailiffs get aware of
this situation well, he pretends nothing happens.
He just follows the bad example of the turnkey.
So actually, it's quite ironic to use "watchful"
to describe the bailiffs here.
In the last line of the poem, it mentions the
situation of the children who are going to school.
In fact, I'm a little confused with this line.
Because if they have to work in the morning,
how can they go to school? Or this is just the
reason that they lag with satchels in their hands.
Usually, we go to school happily when we were still
very young because there had not a lot of tests and
heavy pressure waiting for us. But the description
of this line can't be felt any cheerful and joyful
atmosphere. So what on earth the reason that the
schoolboys lag? Are they too tired? Or it's the
established practice of the lower class?


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