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Poetry Essay

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The poem Stripper by Mervyn Morris speaks of a poet who, after a long day decides to treat himself to wine and music at a club but, unfortunately had to part-take in the performance of a female exotic entertainer which was not a part of his plan. Though, the poet had no intention in watching the entertainment, at the end of the poem it shows how much of an inspiration the entertainment and the ambiance had on him. The poem also speaks of the discomfort the performer had as if she had no voice as to what goes on but, merely have to accept it and do her job. Morris uses pun as his main device to create humour and to place emphasis on what exactly is the meaning beneath what is being illustrated in the poem. As the poem stated the Stripper, Morris places the focus on the character and documents her every move and actions in order not to question if the title complements the poem. The uses of different images and devices are evident throughout the poem which at the same time enhances the tone and mood of the poem. In this essay the effectiveness and use of devices including the continuous use of pun, the exploitation of women, and descriptive aspect of the poem will be documented.
Morris use of imagery helps to enhance the strength of the piece in a way that evokes one’s peculiar senses. He begins the poem describing the venue as ‘sleazy’ which means dirty, disreputable or unpleasant a word often associated with prostitutes. Why stop at a place like this when he could have chosen a different venue? One may ask. Though, he describes the ambiance as such, poets usually gets inspired by the weirdest things, from the weirdest places ironic isn't it? Morris use of descriptive words also helps in embodying the atmosphere and what takes place in order to present a realistic and concrete picture of one’s flaccid imagination. The first device evident in the piece was metaphor: “Whose writhing seemed an image of his line.” (4). this is effective in a sense that in comparison to his rhythm of writing and the stripper’s writhing both are alike, it attests that these two things have liked features . Then follow irony, whereas Morris tells of the stripper’s actions: “She puts on clothes to take them off” (5). This is effective in a way that though she is an exotic dancer who in her performance will eventually remove her attire; she in fact has to put them on to take them off in order to create a sense of pause and patience to her performance.
As mentioned earlier about Morris’s use of descriptive words, here we see him expanding his words as we go along in the poem. Words were used to describe the stripper, the atmosphere, the male patrons and at the end of the poem the poet himself. Morris depicts the poet as a man that is immune to what is taking place on stage until...

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