Read the following poem from the Modernist period, written between the world wars. In one or two paragraphs, analyze the themes, values, and ideas that are reflected in the text.
The Boston Evening Transcript
by T. S. Eliot
The readers of the Boston Evening Transcript1
Sway in the wind like a field of ripe corn.
When evening quickens faintly in the street,
Wakening the appetites of life in some
And to others bringing the Boston Evening Transcript,
I mount the steps and ring the bell, turning
Wearily, as one would turn to nod good-bye to Rochefoucauld2,
If the street were time and he at the end of the street,
And I say, “Cousin Harriet, here is the Boston Evening Transcript.”
1-A daily newspaper published in Boston, MA in the late 1800s and early 1900s
2-Rochefoucauld was a noted French author of maxims and memoirs and a nobleman