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They are rattling breakfast plates in basement kitchens,
And along the trampled edges of the street
I am aware of the damp souls of housemaids
Sprouting despondently at area gates.
The brown waves of fog toss up to me
Twisted faces from the bottom of the street,
And tear from a passer-by with muddy skirts
An aimless smile that hovers in the air
And vanishes along the level of the roofs.
Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888 – 1965), was an American poet, dramatist, and literary critic. Eliot was born in St. Louis, Missouri and was educated at Harvard University and did graduate work in philosophy at the Sorbonne, Harvard, and Merton College, Oxford. At the age of 25, he moved to the United Kingdom and later became a British subject. Eliot was one of the most daring innovators of twentieth-century poetry and his influence on modern poetic diction has been immense. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.