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Lines 85-97 of Tillie Olsens first published poem I Want You Women Up North to Know contain the climactic turning point of this poem and the language and form reflect this change Instead of being humble and disjointed victims who remain mostly anonymous the workers are transformed into an angry and unified group of distinct individuals This shift in mood is accomplished by three devices imagery grouping and capitalization of proper names The imagery in this passage helps turn the tone of the poem from victimization to anger In addition to fire images the overall language is completely stripped down to bare ugliness In previous lines the sordidness has been intermixed with cheerful euphemisms the agonizing work is an exquisite dance 24 the trembling hands are white gulls 22 the cough is gay 25 But in these later lines all aesthetically pleasing terms vanish leaving sweet and blood 85 naked andbony children 89 and a skeleton body 95 Another way this passage turns the mood of the poem is by using grouping and form to link the workers together both in inference and appearance Previously each workers situation has been treated as an isolated story literally separated from the others by a blank line However lines 85-97 are crowded together without spaces suggesting unity by the very appearance of the lines All of the grievances are briefly repeated and then a sequence of ands binds the one-sentence recaps together Yet in spite of this sense of solidarity each persons story is given its own sentence with a period boundary subtly emphasizing their individual importance solidarity is acceptable but anonymity is not A final significant device in this passage is the use of capitalization The proper names of the workers have been sporadically capitalized earlier in the poem but here they are all consistent and correct Again this is an emphasis on individual importance an insistence that each of these people deserves a
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