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The Secretary Chant Essay Marge Piercys The Secretary Chant uses whimsical metaphor throughout the poem to let the reader know that the worker is a women doing a job that makes her feel like a machine with only one purpose in life The author conjures up an explicit mental image of a woman who has no personal identity but who is living her life indirectly through her career Piercy uses anomaly and outrageous pun to assist the reader in identifying with the feelings of a miserable worker who sits day in and day out at her desk performing mundane office drudgery From the first line of the poem the distinct metaphors make it obvious to the reader that the woman is a piece of witless office apparatus of extreme habit The words are not vague but give an undeniable portrayal of the worker as being a bono fide material object My hips are a desk line 1 does not indicate that her hips are like a desk Rubber bands form my hair line 4 does not allude to her hair as being like rubber bands Throughout this poem the manifestation of the speaker as being nothing more than a mindless piece of machinery is articulated with marked realism Every portion of the speakers body is objectified as it is described in glaring detail in the first six lines of the poem Different parts of her body are matched with unmistakable pieces of office equipment The woman does not view herself as a real human being but as something whose hair is formed with Rubber bands line 4 and whose breasts are wells of mimeograph ink line 5 My feet bear casters line 6 indicates that the speaker is a piece of furniture with wheels that help her move around the office The verse My head is a badly organized file line 8 implies a secretary who is
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