In my opinion, while not totally blasting those that work in white collar jobs the story is primarily geared in favor towards those that work in blue collar jobs. Piercy’s quote “I want to be with people who submerge in the task, who go into the fields to harvest and work in a row and pass the bags along, who are not parlor generals” can be taken a multitude of ways. I take it to mean that the author views the pencil pushes or those who work in offices in a derogatory way. On the other hand the poem in general in my opinion the author views those who work in a blue collar environment in a much more favorable way. This is a viewpoint that can generally be applied to all businesses. Someone has to do the dirty and vital stuff that makes a company go such as working in warehouses, driving trucks etc. If there was no one to do these jobs especially in big companies most big companies would not do as well as they do?

On the other hand in the next stanza the author states “The work of the world is common as mud” implies to me that while the author views those in blue collar in a favorable light she is trying to say that there are various forms of hard work no matter what industry or job you are in. Because of this in my opinion this whole poem is contradictory. On one hand the author totally annihilates those who do anything except blue collar while on the other hand stating work is common as mud.


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  1. This is a well thought up blog with a definite view point. It brings experiences and thoughts that are taken from the real world and incorporates in the poem. From this i could infer that the author has a better view of the blue-collar workers, even though the less favored white-collar workers can also be hard workers today. This blog brings real world issues to life showing society clear ideas about the controversy at hand. In my opinion people think that people with white collar jobs are generally more respected and earn a lot more money. This may not always be a true statement but blue-collar work is not looked up on as much as it used to be. Society is just changing which is natural.

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