In the poem Marrysong, what kind of imageries and literary devices does the author use? Write a commentary on the poem and answer the question.

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samiaa1 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

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Dennis Scott poem narrates a poem about a man who tries wih a great effort to understand her wife's attitude towards him. "He Charted" she went so far that he had to chart her but when he was about to finish an idea about her strange behaviour suddenly "She made wilderness again. Roads dissapeared. The map was never true". He described her as a "territory without seasons" in which we see reflected an angry woman that for moments he seems to love him and sometimes not "... her love shortened or grew ...". One way or another he ends up not figuring out what was going on with her but taking away his frustration "he accepted that geography". And above all her mood swings and unpredictableness he still loved her.

Through out all the poem he compares her with various landscapes of nature because nature changes constantly and he is in a way being put into that geography where he explored her but sometimes found himself lost and he could never figure out what was going to happen next (we are always refering to her). He could not understand how is it that her mood changes everyday and how their marriage went from bad to better. For example he says that one day you can "see cool water laughing where the day before there were stones in her voice", this is a good example to show how the author conveys nature with mood.

When he remarks, “He never learned her quite”, the speaker may be amidst an interminable sea, trying to study it in vain. The sea may also be considered as his wife, whom he is trying to learn. He could see “cool water laughing where the day before there had been stones in her voice”. This means that the sea at times is rough, but later becomes calm and cools without any reason – just like his wife. The word ‘charted’, used to describe the actions of the speaker, reveals his embarrassment in trying to map the maze-like heart of his wife.

The territory without seasons may also be personified as the speaker’s spouse. It is universally agreed that the change of seasons add colour and joy to the world. However the lady’s behavior is described as a territory WITHOUT seasons (thus without any joy or love) Sometimes her love for increased and sometimes it lessened –“the shadows of her love shortened or grew”. Finally, however the unfortunate husband is forced to accept the wild geography, giving up all hope to decipher the complex furls of the human mind.


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chocolateandbanana | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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I am new to this thing, so i am not sure how it goes, but i believe that the rhyming couplet at the end creates a harmonious kind of feel, this could be implying that although they had their ups and down, their relationship is predominately congenial. Througout the poem Scott uses assonance and alliteration suggesting that he is trying to understand his wife. Finally, the rhyme unites and form a rhyming couplet:)

On top of that , Scott used metaphor, caesura, oxymoron...

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