The Man in the Bowler Hat

I am the unnoticed, the unnoticable man: (insignificant, blends in with the crowd)
The man who sat on your right in the morning train: (lack of recognition; a cold feeling towards the strangers)
The man who looked through like a windowpane: (insignificant, no identity in society)
The man who was the colour of the carriage, the colour of the mounting: (metaphor, blends in with the common crowd)
Morning pipe smoke.
I am the man too busy with a living to live, (his life revolves around his work life)
Too hurried and worried to see and smell and touch: (same as previous line)
The man who is patient too long and obeys too much: (listens to orders;instinctive actions; no guts to think for himself)
And wishes too softly and seldom.: (has no ideals, morals; does not stand up for himself)

I am the man they call the nation's backbone,: (large majority of the working society)
Who am boneless - playable castgut, pliable clay: (easily manipulated by others e.g. upper classes, g'ment)
The Man they label Little lest one day: (the upper class labels the middle classes lowly until the bourgeoisie dares to fight for themselves and "grow")
I dare to grow.

I am the rails on which the moment passes,:
The megaphone for many words and voices:
I am the graph diagram,
Composite face.

I am the led, the easily-fed,(easily contented in life)
The tool, the not-quite-fool, (used by people)
The would-be-safe-and-sound, (no excitement, takes no risks to succeed)
The uncomplaining, bound, (does not dare to make his stand)
The dust fine-ground,
Stone-for-a-statue waveworn pebble-round

The Man in the Bowler Hat


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The Man in the Bowler Hat, is a poem written by A.S.J. Tessimond. It revolves around a "The Man In The Bowler Hat", who symbolizes the average Englishman, who is part of the working class. The poem discusses themes such as the loss of individuality, as a result of economic development. The poem also goes into a detailed showing of the "man in the bowler hat", and his constant lack of prominence and fame. The man in the poem is portrayed as one whose identity lies solely in his job, while the rest of his whole is meaningless. Stripped off anythig resembling his personality, he merely blends in with the cold, heartless crowd who shares his mundane life. The man in the bowler hat lives to work, as well as works to live. His inability to stand up for himself or express his inner feelings are a result of his daily job, as he is always on the move. He is the 'unnoticeable man', showing that modernized society has no care or concern for him. Despite being praised by newspapers or given bonuses by the government, the man does not psossess the most important thing: his life. Perhaps, the poem conveys a hidden message against the modern industrialised society as being the catalyst for destroying the happinness and meaning of life due to the hard work and labor that is carried out.

The central conflict is both internal and external, as he thinks about how he is part of a large, cold middle class, and has to suffer a loss of individuality as he is "unnoticed". He is no having any economic problems or financial constrains, but is also not a wealthy person, and is "too busy with a living to live".

The Speaker
-emotionally mature and knowledgeable
-forced to work hard to survive, no time to appreciate life's wonders, "too busy with a living to live"
-part of a almost homogeneous working class, "unnoticed man", does not get social recognition and merely blends with the crowd
-forlorn, feels lonely. The irony is that he is part of the large middle class, with many people, and yet, he feels lonely as he has no one important in his life, other than his work, "looked through like a windowpane
-he feels a sense of oppression, as he "obeys too much" and is "boneless" and he feels that he is like "playable castgut"
-he is part of the "nation's backbone", as the middle class is what drives the nation forward, ironically, he feels that though the whole entity of the "middle class" is recognized, he himself, is not being appreciated or seen by others
-easily contented with his lot, "the easily-fed"
- He also is the crux or rather symbolism of the average middle class worker because he seems to morph into everyone and everything eg. "the man who was the colour of the carriage" and the "man you looked through like a windowpane"
-he feels that he is being used by society, as he is "the tool" and "the megaphone for many words and voices"