November Song

The evening had caught cold;
Its eyes were blurred.
It had a dripping nose
And its tongue was furred.

I sat ill a warm bar
After the day's work;
November snuffled outside,
Greasing the sidewalk.

But soon I had to go
Out into tile night
Where shadows prowled the alleys
Hiding from the light.

But light shone at the corner
Of the pavement where
A man had fallen over
Or been knocked down there.

His legs oil the slimed concrete
Were splayed out wide;
He had been propped against a lamp-post
His head lolled to one side.

A victim of crime or accident,
An image of-fear,
He remained quite motionless
As I drew near

Then a thin voice startled silence
From a doorway close by
Where all urchin hid from the wind:
'Spare a penny for the guy!'

I gave the boy some money
And hastened on.
A voice called, `Thank you guvnor!'
And the words upon

The wincing air seemed strange
So hoarse and deep
As if the guy had spoken
In his restless sleep.

By: Vernon Scannell


The purpose of Vernon Scannell's poem is to evoke sympathy from the reader. The poem radiates a serene dreary melancholy feeling as it describes November and all that November brings. The use of personification in this passage creates a picture in the reader's mind of what the speaker felt and saw on that November day. Personification also helps connect the feeling of November to the feeling that the speaker felt when he saw the homeless man in the ally. November is a dark"tweener" month, it is no longer summer but not quite winter and fluctuates between wet and cold weather. When seeing this man it brought about the same dark and cloudy feeling that November brings.

  • Evokes feeling of sympathy from the reader
  • Use of personification:
    • To create mental picture of November
    • To connect the feeling of November to the feelings of the speaker when seeing the homeless man






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