March 27, 2015

Homework Help: English

Posted by Franco on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 2:24pm.

This is the second and last stanza of the poem "Preludes" I need to rephrase.
Thank you very much for your help.

The morning comes to consciousness
Of faint stale smells of beer
From the sawdust-trampled street
With all its muddy feet that press
To early coffee-stands.

With the other masquerades
That times resumes,
One thinks of all the hands
That are raising dingy shades
In a thousand furnished rooms.

The morning is pervaded by the unpleasant smell of beer (faint stale smells of beer??). The town people are walking along sawdust trampled streets (how can I rephrase this?) to early coffee-stands. Human beings are compared to dingy shades. They are as inconsistant as shadows. Though deprived of their human dignity, they are getting up in their furnished room.
I can't understand the verse "with the other masquerades that time resumes"

Thank you very much for your help!!

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