April Midnight By: Arthur Symons

Presented by: Khoi Tran
Side by side through the streets at midnight,
Roaming together,
Through the tumultuous night of London,
In the miraculous April weather.
Roaming together under the gaslight,
Day’s work over,
How the Spring calls to us, here in the city,
Calls to the heart from the heart of a lover!
Cool to the wind blows, fresh in our faces,
Cleansing, entrancing,
After the heat and the fumes and the footlights,
Where you dance and I watch your dancing.
Good it is to be here together,
Good to be roaming,
Even in London, even at midnight,
Lover-like in a lover’s gloaming.
You the dancer and I the dreamer,
Children together,
Wandering lost in the night of London,
In the miraculous April weather.
1) What is the poem about ?
The poem is about…
 a lover.
 a couple in London.
 Love can shine even in a tumultuous night of
2) Who is the speaker ? How do you
know ?
The poet is male so therefore, the
speaker is a man. The poet can be
talking about his own experiences.
 The speaker is a man in love.
 Example in the poem:
○ “Where you dance and I watch your dancing.”
A man is usually the person who watches a
women dance.
3) What is the theme/lesson ? Is
there one ?
The theme of the poem is that love
helps people go through their day and
enjoy the night.
4) What is the purpose of this
The purpose of the poem is:
 The person express his love to his lover.
 To make love seem like an incredible thing
in a tumultuous night of London.
 To make love seem really strong to help a
person endure those loud, noisy sounds of
the London night.
5) What literary devices and sound
devices are used ? Give five example
and the line example
1) Roaming together was repeated at the
beginning of lines 2 and 3.
→ Anaphora
2) “Children together,/Wandering lost in
the night of London”
(he is comparing himself and his lover to
→ Metaphor
3) “Gloaming.”
(the “gl” sound and the “oh” sound)
→ Euphony
In lines 13 and 14 “Good” was repeated
at the beginning of the line.
→ Repetition
5) Line 9 “…, fresh in our faces,”.
→ Alliteration
6) What is the tone of the poem ?
What words help you figure this out
 Dreamer
 Miraculous
 Lover
 Gloaming
 Heart
The poem
has a loving
and delightful
7) Three words I don’t know
The Twilight, the end of
the day
Full of or marked by
tumult, loud and
Smoke, gas, or any
smoke like or gaseous
8) How does the title connect to the
content of the poem ? If it doesn’t
explain why.
The title connects because…
 the poem explains a day in April.
 the poem is in London.
 the joyful events in the poem begin during
the day and then end with midnight.
 in April, spring is about to happen, flowers
start to blossom, and it is the month that
people associate with love.
9) What questions did you have
when you first analyzed and T4 the
poem ?
1) Who is the poet’s lover ?
I assume the poet is talking to a girl.
2) What year did this poem happen ?
The years before electricity because of the use of gas
3) Why did the poet choose London at night ?
The poet chose London because the city can be
tumultuous, but when love is around, it makes things
calmer and happier.
○ “Lovers dance when they’re feeling in love.
Spotlight shining, it’s all about us.
It's all about us.”
 The song remind me of the poem:
- Lovers dance
- Spotlight shining says how love shines in the
loud, noisy, tumultuous night of London
- Spotlight also says that even in a loud, noisy
place, love is the only thing that gets the
The picture is of a
heart shining in a
dark place.
The poem shows
how love shines
in the tumultuous
night of London

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