PosterĄG Yvonne at 14:57:13 3/17/98 from c445-38.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
|It was a funny poem I think and the content was quite different from the title. Before I read the poem, I supposed that it must be a joyful and happy poem. However it was far from what I thought. Ihis poem described the commom people of London in eightteen centery. From line 1 to line 2, it told us the financial circumstance of the place. "Now hardly here and there a backney-coach Appearing, showed the ruddy morn's approach." Why it's hardly to see a hackney-coach? It suggested that this place must be very poor and remote. Like the country in Taiwan ten years ago, it's seldom to see a luxcious car passing by. In addition, the author used "ruddy" to describe the coming of morning. It suggested the feeling of those commom people that morning is not such a joyful thing, because they have to start their work again.
From the line 3 to line 12, the author described several kinds of people who work in the early morning. Line 3 to 4, "Now Betty from her master bed had flown, And softly stole to discompose her own; " It was quite a funny scene: Betty was a serven who have to clean her master's in the early morning. However she fell asleep on her master's bed. Suddly, the sound of passing coach scared her awake and she felt discomposed. These two lines not only made us laugh but also let us image the heavy work Betty may do the last night. line 5 to 8, "The slip-shod prentice from his master's door Had pared the dirt and sprinkled round the floor. Now Moll had whirled her mop with dextrous airs, Prepared to scrub the entry and the stairs." Like the previous two lines, these four lines also talked about people have to start to work in early morning, even when you haven't finished combing your hair. Line 9 to 12, "The youth with broomy stumps began to trace The kennel-edge,where wheels had worn the place. The small-coal man was heard with cadence deep, Till drowned in shriller notes of chimney-sweep: " In these four lines, the author desrcibe d another scene: people used little kids to work for them. Maybe because it was much cheaper to hire a child, it's not fair for those kids to do those heavy jobs. They have to clean the place which wheels worn or they have to get into the chimney to clean it. Moreover, they were both frithened by the passing coach. In my opinion, the author wrote these 10 lines in a humer way, but it told us a serious idea that : in the eighteen centery of London, there were many injustice in the society, such as the child labor and servent problems. In addition the "hackney-coach" was a symbol of upper class. Even if it just past by, it still scared people or did some damages to them.
From line 13 to line 14, it told us more about the coach" Duns at his lordship's gate began to meet; And briccckdust Moll had screamed through half the street." A royal person commanded his servens as duns to get back people's tax or debt. Therefore, the moll's scream could be a representative of everyone's shock and fright. From line 15 to line 17, "The turnkey now his flock returning sees, Duly let out a-night to steal for fees; The watchful bailiffs take their silent stands." In my point of view, because the turnkey realized that those people were hard in living and maybe if they can't pay their fee to the duns, they would put into jail, he consequently allow them to do some ilegal things to gain their money. In addition, the police knew about that very clearly, but they won't take any action to stop them. The auhtor even put stress on the "watchful bailiffs" in contrast with their "silent stands". Those officials pitied those commom people and also showed the sickness and darkness of that society. In spite of the end of the poem, it still remain a kind of lifeless atmosphere. " And schoolboys lag with satchels in their hands" Generally speaking, going to school is a delightful thing for children. However we couldn't find cheerful and happy scene from those kids in the poem. Children were always regarded as hopeful and vital. If they lose that kind of energy for life, it dose told us how serious the society was.
I felt that this poem was pretty similar with the play "The importance of being Earneat". both authors wrote their work in a exaggerated way and they also wanted to point out some sickness and weakness of the socity. Although Oscar talked about the upper class and Jonathan talked about the lower class, their characters were related to the society.
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