500 AP English Literature Questions to know by test day

CHAPTER 2. American Poetry

 

Passage 3. T. S. Eliot, “Morning at the Window”

 

They are rattling breakfast plates in basement kitchens,

And along the trampled edges of the street

I am aware of the damp souls of housemaids

Sprouting despondently at area gates.

The brown waves of fog toss up to me                       

Twisted faces from the bottom of the street,

And tear from a passer-by with muddy skirts

An aimless smile that hovers in the air

And vanishes along the level of the roofs.