This poem is very observational about the newspaper, the Boston evening transcript, and the people who read it. Because of its observational style about a topic that is quite every day, the poem appears way ahead of its time (1917). The reader of the paper is described as someone who “sways in the wind like a field of ripe corn.” It appears to me that this description indicates that the reader of the transcript is someone who is not too discerning and someone who can be easily swayed. In the end of the poem, Eliot takes a jab at a family member i.e. Cousin Harriet, to whom he delivers the newspaper.