Eliot has been associated with poignant and dark poems. This poem is composed in typical Eliot style; where mood is sad and desolate; however unlike Wasteland; it’s the winter in this poem that depicts the melancholy and sadness rather civilization. Winter evenings are normally long and cold. The day ends “at six o’clock”. The offices and shops close after six; and the pedestrians walking in the streets are greeted with dead leaves in the empty street.
“Of withered leaves about your feet
And newspapers from vacant lots;
nt-out ends of smoky days”
Unlike the spring; where everything is green and flower sprout around; the winter evening represents gloom with empty streets and cold weather; where “newspapers from the vacant lots” fly around over the “broken binds and chimney pots”.
The mood is made sad and gloomy by lack of activities. Even if some activity is there; it is slow and dream like.
“A lonely cab-horse steams and stamps”
The mood in poem is replete with dark imagery; such as smoky days, gusty shower, grimy scraps, vacant lots, lonely cab, broken blinds”; all of which effectively reflect a harsh and lonely winter evening and showing the sadness not only in the environment; but also the sad mood of the poet itself.