Analysis of Marrysong

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The poem ‘Marrysong’ was written by a Jamaican man whose name was Dennis Scott. Many of his poems were written it the Jamaican vernacular, yet this poem was written in a very simple language which is easy to understand by everybody. As said in the title, the poem is about marriage, and how a man tries to understand his wife, and how he makes sacrifices for her because he loves her. Scott’s poem has both structured and unstructured parts, as well as formal and informal writing. He uses different types of language uses to relate the poem to love. The sentence “He Charted”, gives the feel that the whole poem is a metaphor through the meaning of the word charted, which is mapped. This therefore gives the effect that the whole poem is a map. The poem is about a marriage, which makes you feel that it is a map to the poet’s wife. A marriage is something you do when you love someone, and someone that you love is precious to you, just as treasure is precious to everyone. This gives the feel that the poem is a treasure map to the poet’s treasure. His treasure is his wife. The idea of having a map to find her indicates that she is not something that he can find or, in this case, figure out very easily. Another form of language use that Scott uses in his poem to create effect is repetition. For example, the repetition of the word ‘year’ in the phrase “year after year”. The effect created is that of something that takes a very long time. It could be something that is never ending, or simply takes place in very long periods of time. This effect is created by the meaning of the word year, which is ‘a period of 365 days’. This in our minds is a rather long time. The repletion of the word ‘year’ causes us to think of more that one year. We also think this because of the meaning of the word ‘after’ which is ‘during the period of time following an event’. This makes us think that it is something that is never ending that the writer is doing because we know that as soon as one year finishes, that next year begins. This also shows that the poet never gave up on his wife, as he kept on and on trying to figure her out. He didn’t give up, as he wanted to understand her because he loved her. Scott uses a lot of enjambment in his poem, especially in the first six lines, and from line nine to line twelve. This gives the effect of a flow in the poem, as there is only a slight pause between the lines. After the first six lines being almost continuous, the seventh and eighth lines have quite short sentences, and sound very abrupt. This is the same with the last two lines. The average amount of syllables in each sentence in these lines is two to three. These sentences sound slightly abrupt and not as smooth as the rest of the poem. The sudden differences in the rhythm of the poem could be reflected on the relationship between the poet and his wife, and how their love constantly fluctuates by sometimes being smooth and peaceful, and at other times being abrupt and harsh. Scott also uses personification in his poem. An example of this is in the phrase ‘cool water laughing’. This creates the effect of something bubbly and happy through the meaning of the word laughing which is ‘an instinctive expression of lively amusement’. Laughing is something you do when you are happy. Scott also uses geographical imagery in this phrase by the use of the word ‘water’. When you hear this word along with the words ‘cool’ and ‘laughing’, you think of a stream of foamy water in a place, which you imagine as somewhere w here you would be happy, for example a wide stretch of grassy land. Thinking of all these things together gives you a happy feeling. The poet is describing his wife, which leads you to thinking of the times that she is happy. Another metaphor that Scott uses in his poem is ‘stones in her voice’. This phrase creates a harsh effect through sound, meaning, and geographical imagery. A stone is a hard, solid mineral found on the ground. It is...
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