“The winter evening settles down/With smell of steaks in passageways.”
“The morning comes to consciousness/Of faint stale smells of beer”
The time of year and time of day are given conscious and sensory experiences of the city.
“With the other masquerades
That time resumes”
Time is personified as a director of the play of city life.
“The conscience of a blackened street
Impatient to assume the world.”
In the fourth prelude, filled with Christian allusions, the street has a consciousness, implying that Christ’s spirit is within the humblest everyday places.