Fenchurch Street station was built in 1841, Charles Dickens was born 1812 died around 1870. The station in 1964 had not changed much, steam trains still operated sending clouds of steam and soot into the rafters, the whole edifice reflected demise, Victorian, old fashioned. I wanted the reader to understand that by the word 'Dickensian', in contrast at the end of the poem: light, sun, blues sea, white capped surf, bronzed woman all reflecting the opposite. N lived in two world, the northern reflecting staidness, boring, old London and the new, the opposite. N enjoyed two worlds, he shuttled back and forth, a fly-by-night character and as shallow as the Serpentine in Hyde Park.
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