Thomson, The City of Dreadful Night III

In the second part of the home, the narrator tried to stop following the devil and, in the third part, the reader is brought back to the setting. The narration is again in third person, or perhaps the narrator is just not personally present in the setting. This third part of the poem is used to describe night and in particular all of its nooks and crannies that are often overlooked. For example, the first line mentions streetlamps and then notes how the moonlight bounces off the “empty squares.” Here I’m imagining Victorian gas lamps and the squares of glass that hold the light. Perhaps what the author is doing is trying to show the reader that night has as much texture and detail as day. After a while, the narrator’s eyes and ears adjust to the night (“and soon the eye a strange new vision learns” and “The ear, too”) and he starts to discern objects found in the darkness as well as he did in the daylight.

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