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The Man In The Bowler Hat Analysis

Author: poem of A.S.J. Tessimond Type: poem Views: 14

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I am the unnoticed, the unnoticable man:

The man who sat on your right in the morning train:

The man who looked through like a windowpane:

The man who was the colour of the carriage, the colour of the mounting

Morning pipe smoke.

I am the man too busy with a living to live,

Too hurried and worried to see and smell and touch:

The man who is patient too long and obeys too much

And wishes too softly and seldom.

I am the man they call the nation's backbone,

Who am boneless - playable castgut, pliable clay:

The Man they label Little lest one day

I dare to grow.

I am the rails on which the moment passes,

The megaphone for many words and voices:

I am the graph diagram,

Composite face.

I am the led, the easily-fed,

The tool, the not-quite-fool,

The would-be-safe-and-sound,

The uncomplaining, bound,

The dust fine-ground,

Stone-for-a-statue waveworn pebble-round

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I love the rhythm of this poem, as it takes the reader through a hopeless self-realisation, a quickening of anger, and a sinking back to dispair on the last line; and all the way through, the poem is carried on the rhythms of the rail. It draws such a good picture of a London commuter in the 50's. I wonder what stories the poet could draw from our present day commuters?
NB Editor - Line 3 "The man YOU looked through .." and first line last stanza " .. the easily-LED"

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