**Please see the attachment for poems.**
~Relationship between language and content in each poem
~Specific poetic technique in each poem
~Poetic techniques and reader response in each poem
Analyze how each poet shape their language to communicate their selected workplace themes. Make sure you address any ways in which the poets' choices are especially fitting and any ways in which the act of shaping their messages into verse caused the poets' message to be less emotionally resonant with the workplace themes discussed.
Although the recent coverage of the economic crisis has brought the plight of the poor and the workers to the forefront, economic hardship is not a novel topic. Poets such as Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou have been writing about the poor and downtrodden for years. Three poems that work to expose the plight of the lower class are “The Song of the Factory Worker,” “5000 apply for 100 jobs,” and “Me and My Work.”
“The Song of the Factory Worker” attempts to address the theme of the unemployed worker by taking the point of view of a displaced worker who is trying to imagine the perspective of the soon to be abandoned building. To this end, the poet employs numerous poetic devices. First of all, the poem uses a simile, comparing the red brick factory to a vampire that “For wherever I go/You know I’m coming back to you./ You have held many under your spell/Many who have sewed their life away/Within your walls.” It also uses personification as the walls say to the subject, “oh, you may leave/But you will come back.” Personification is also demonstrated when the building will miss the songs of the girls that sew so fast it makes “you dizzy to watch.” Furthermore, the ...
This analyzes various poems and how they deal with economic hardship and the workplace.