F. Scott Fitzgerald


Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896, in St. Paul Minnesota. At the age of 13 his first piece of work was printed in the school's news paper. He is best known for his famous novel "The Great Gatsby." He died on December 21, 1940, in Hollywood, California.


We leave to-night . . .

Silent, we filled the still, deserted street,

A column of dim gray,

And ghosts rose startled at the muffled beat

Along the moonless way;

The shadowy shipyards echoed to the feet

That turned from night and day.

And so we linger on the windless decks,

See on the spectre shore

Shades of a thousand days, poor gray-ribbed wrecks . . .

Oh, shall we then deplore

Those futile years!

See how the sea is white!

The clouds have broken and the heavens burn

To hollow highways, paved with gravelled light

The churning of the waves about the stern

Rises to one voluminous nocturne,

. . . We leave to-night.


T- "We leave to-night" It's about a group of people who decide to go into the night on an adventure.

P- A group of friends go out in the night by the beach where everything is calm, and you can only hear nature. They try to enjoy tonight because tomorrow morning it would be the same process again.


A- The attitude of the writer in the poem is very calm, and peaceful.





Fitzgerald is part of the modernism literary movement through many of his work including this poem. In this poem he describes an escape from the modern era which in which everything turns into a routine. Work, responsibilities, actions, everything that's done during the modern world becomes a sequence that would be followed again, and again by the same one. In this poem it's as if he is enjoying this time he is having with his friends because they break out of the routine, and escape. This represents how many people felt, and still do during this modern time in which they just want to escape.