- image of cart being driven down street to sell
- syllables are stressed and then unstressed = swaying = slow moving = like cart + business
- air of dispondancy (lack of hope)
- ryhming cuplets = regular = contrasts to cart and house
'A load of brushes and baskets and cradles and chairs'
- list of description of things they sell = lost cost domestic appliances
- repition of 'and' creates sense of time passing slowly and no selling
'rain' = pathetic fallacy
'man, a woman and pony with whiteybrown hairs'
- suggests age = they have been doing this for a very long time
- repeated in 2nd stanza = very vague (childish description)
'shambling sway' = links to formation of poem
'funeral train...dirge-like' ='digre' sad, slow song about death
'swinging a turks-head brush' =contrasts what his reality is
'in drum-major's way...bandsmen march and play' = comparison suggest march and pace of poem
'he mirrors his master in every item of pace and pose' = double alliteration
- pony mirrors master and reflects this in sentence structure = language relfecting itself while pony reflects man
';too plainly hes old, indeed, not strength enough shows, to steer the disjointed waggon straight'
- mimicks 'pause' with literal pause = caesura emphasies point
- wagon stronger then pony causing poem to sway from side to side
- 'disjointed' links to structure
- line moves with it
'pushing the pony with each incline'
- poem being pushed out of line while pony being pushed by cart
- doesn't end in rhyming cuplet = not regular
'parallel to man' = work together but are seperate on the street
- creates emotional distance
'carries a like turks-head' = links with man
'nursing-wise' =reflects womenhood
- both detaching themselves from situ through imagination
'now and then she joins in his dirge'
- links to 1st stanza with man - cyclical? = goes on and on
- emphasies seperation = not always involved
'rain clams her apron until it clings'
- pathetic fallacy = links to 1st stanza - imagery for life trapping her?
'step by step' =reflects regular beat