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October 2, 2018
The Gap between Working Class & Upper Middle Class-What Work Is
It is justifiable fact that the poem ‘What Work Is’ has been described as a representation
and a voice to the undereducated, the lower social working classes and those lacking in ambition.
This is well portrayed by the voice in lines such as “We stand in the rain in long line waiting at
Ford Highland Park” (Levine, 1). The voice in the poem wants to create a subjective aspect,
seeking to show that there is a championing of the workers’ rights, but also a philosophical
understanding of the utility and value of work. The underlying premise if ‘what is work really
about?’ And through the exploration of the question, the voice in the poem is able to act as an
active observer in the society and make a social criticism of the routines of the society.
Interestingly, one of the striking artistic styles in the poem is the ability to give the laborers and
other characters a voice, to give them life, but at the end of the poem, he transforms them into
reasonable and real beings. The idea is that the poem seeks to highlight the consistency of class
struggles, and the continued state of despair/worthlessness affecting people. However, people
have not come out of their limiting paradigm, and ...