“The Secretary Chant,” by the American writer Marge Piercy, is typical of this author’s work in many ways, particularly in its clearly feminist point of view. The poem is written in a simple, lucid, yet often whimsical style that emphasizes playful, bizarre, but in some ways depressing metaphors to suggest how secretaries often feel dehumanized. The humor of the poem contributes to the work’s success; a more strident, more obviously “propagandistic” tone probably would have been less effective. Instead, by displaying a sort of inventiveness that many readers will find witty,...
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