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In the poem Preludes, T.S. Eliot divides up his work into four important parts. Each stanza, written with uneven lines and unusual verses, is composed in free verse stanzas. Prelude one: thirteen lines, prelude two: ten lines, prelude three: fifteen lines and prelude four: sixteen lines. Eliot begins prelude one by depicting a dark and wretched society that is dirty and untamed. This poem was written in the years of 1909-1911; the variance of times and society elude an ominous tone for this poem. Eliot gives us a slight visual with his imagery and descriptive verses. He describes to us a world filled with nonsense in a wasteland of time. Ironically, throughout most of the poem, Eliot’s words are nonsense. Elliot gets off track with his lines; Preludes is easily confused when trying to analyze the true context of his words. When creating a poem it’s very hard to get across your original idea and thoughts to the audience. But overall, Eliot presents vivid imagery through artistic and descriptive vocabulary throughout his poem.
T.S Eliot’s Preludes begins by presenting his views on society (at that time) as becoming a wasteland. He utilizes vivid words for imagery in the first stanza. This sets up the tone for the entire poem; "grimy scraps / Of withered leaves" (6-7), "newspapers from vacant lots" (8), "broken blinds and chimney-pots" (10). These words altogether describing disposable, concrete objects existing in the society of Eliot’s poem, which derives the overall analysis of the society during this era. In this poem, Eliot expresses thoughts of the society becoming corrupt and barren. The title of the story its self usually holds a significant meaning.
A prelude in general, is an introduction to something more important. Pr...

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During the third stanza, large quantities of actions were conducted by the person being related to in the poem. To me, the person in the third stanza sounds like a prostitute. The third stanza introduces the first main character of the poem. The soul of this "you" is constituted of a "thousand sordid images" (27) and the soles of "your" feet are yellowed and "your" hands are soiled (37-38), either by physical labor, the dirt and grime of the city, but the terrible ability to show the audience the main character denotes the reader as well. I felt that Eliot was describing a woman and a normal occurrence in her life. Frankly it is difficult to tell if Eliot is depicting the lifestyle of a prostitute, which is what I have concluded to after reading this poem. Eliot leaves us with little clues, but he does not go into detail to depict what he is preluding.

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