Re: A Description of the Morning


PosterG Greg at 0:2:58 4/3/98 from t196-242.dialup.seed.net.tw
RE Teresa at 12:24:34 3/17/98 posted uA Description of the MorningvSubject

>> 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?
>>Dear Teresa:
Wow! It seems that our ideas of this poem are quite similar! I am glad about it. You are really doing a great job! [o!


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