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In this poem Marge Piercys speaker evokes a concrete vision of a woman who has lost her personal identity to her job Her bold and descriptive use of metaphors allow the reader to envision a woman who is living her life vicariously through her career Ms Piercy successfully uses paradox personification and the pun to bring the character alive With the use of metaphors both implied and explicit the reader can deeply empathize with the central character of this poem From the first line of the poem the tone is set for the reader It is not so vague as to use a simple simile but a strong manifestation of the idea of the speaker as an actual personification of a material object She does not say My hips are like a desk she says My hips are a desk line 1 Throughout the rest of the poem personification of the woman as nothing more than a piece of office equipment is expressed with striking realism In the first six lines of the poem the speaker describes herself in salient detail Each of her body parts are placed with an obvious piece of office equipment This allows the reader to form a solid picture of a woman sitting at her desk performing the daily drudgery of a secretary She does not see herself as a real woman but a woman whose hair isrubber bands 3 whosebreasts are wells of mimeograph ink 5 and whose feet bear casters 6 The secretary is so entrenched in her job that she describes her head as a badly organized file 8 To furthur describe how badly organized the file of her head is or her mind Ms Piercy reiterates that fact in line 9 and 10 by saying My head is a switchboard where crossed lines crackle With the use of two lines both describing the mind and thoughts of the
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