An Uneven Rhyme Scheme in T.S. Eliot’s “Preludes” Assignment One: Poetry Part A One T.S. Eliot’s “Preludes” will be considered. It has an uneven rhyme scheme. This means, simply, that there is no distinct pattern of rhyme established. The haphazard use of rhyme works well with the subject of the poem. The poem focuses on the dark experience that is life in the modern city. Some things in the city seem to be connected. And for this reason, some lines will rhyme – “With smell of steaks in passageways/ Six o’clock./ The burnt-out ends of smoky days” (95). However, many of the moments in city life are not connected to anything else. They are random. And for this reason, most lines will resist any sort of rhyme scheme – “The thousand sordid...The end:
.....his heart” (210). The thesis of this explication has been that by following the man’s attempts at reasoning with nature, the cause of his madness is revealed. The poem suggests such an explication right from the beginning – noting that the man’s imagination is ruthlessly destroyed by lightning. The man, undeterred, tries several different ways of interacting with the natural world. And yet, every attempt fills him with terror and dread. Each moment of potential inspiration turns into a moment of horror. Eventually, the man is forced into his last refugee. The cabin, however, does not seem to be a sanctuary but a prison, only keeping the man immobile until suicide frees him. The natural world is not to be confused with the human imagination.