The Staying Up All Night

The Staying Up All Night

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The warm fire.
The comfortable chairs.
The merry companions.
The stroke of twelve.
The wild suggestion.
The good sports.
The man who hasn’t slept for weeks.
The people who have done it before.
The long anecdotes.
The best looking girl yawns.
The forced raillery.
The stroke of one.
The best looking girl goes to bed.
The stroke of two.
The empty pantry.
The lack of firewood.
The second best looking girl goes to bed.
The weather-beaten ones who don’t.
The stroke of four.
The dozing off.
The amateur “life of the party.”
The burglar scare.
The scornful cat.
The trying to impress the milkman.
The scorn of the milkman.
The lunatic feeling.
The chilly sun.
The stroke of six.
The walk in the garden.
The sneezing.
The early risers.
The volley of wit at you.
The feeble come back.
The tasteless breakfast.
The miserable day.
8 P. M.—Between the sheets.


This poem – without rhyme scheme or set meter – is by F. Scott Fitzgerald, an author probably better known for his novels. His poetry should not be overlooked.

In his work above, through a long series of fragment descriptions, the Speaker tells the story of a party in such a way as to paint the picture of the night’s events quite successfully.

My favorite line is “The scornful cat.”

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