Passage one and passage two describe work as a stress-free obligation to complete. Both passages send a message that gratification and satisfaction is attained by the effort put into their life duty. In passage one, the author’s feelings towards his grandfather were admiring. “And when I was done, I stood leaning my shovel for a moment, looking with satisfaction down the long path that stretched to the corner.” His grandfather inspired him to get his work done voluntarily with pleasure. The author in the passage was rewarded for his hard work by seeing the jubilant kid’s using the sidewalk for school. He did not HAVE to shovel the sidewalk; rather, he did it for self-enlightenment. In passage two, the author had positive feelings towards working. “I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cat, who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience, who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward, who do what ahs to be done, again and again.” The author explains in this quote how strenuous labor is the key to work. The narrator enjoyed being around assiduous wokers. The overall view of work is to push oneself and finish the job blissfully rather than dawdle working with little effort.
In passage two, the author uses imagery to connote the main idea of the poem. The author describes work is described as an enthusiastic obligation with self-fulfillment. “The people I love the best, jump into work head first without dallying in the shadows,” is stated by the narrator in lines 2-3. This imagery enables the reader to grasp that he loves the people that take their job seriously without procrastination. In other words, people who tackle their jobs. Another example of imagery Marge Piercy displayed was, “I love the people…….who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward.” This excerpt from the poem plants a picture in the reader’s head of ones struggle and extreme effort to accomplish a goal. The narrator of this...
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