Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night II

In the second part of the poem, the narrator is introduced and speaks in first person. The first part the poem sets the stage regarding setting while the second part introduces action. The narrator follows someone who is “shadow like and frail,” possibly referring to some underworld figure like the devil. Together they travel along dimly lit streets until they encounter various structures. First they come upon a tower where, as the figure indicates, “faith died, poisoned by this charnel air.” They then come upon a villa where “love died, stabbed by its own worshiped pair.” Finally they come upon a narrow arch where “hope died, starved out of its outmost lair.” Just like the Devil, faith, love, and hope are personified. In a way, they are personified so that they can be murdered.

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