Clock Humming On The Wall Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… The reader can relate the assonance of a hum to that of a person in waiting. When one is bored and waiting one tends to hum as if they are waiting for something to happen. Sitting idle like the clock represents time being wasted. Again the writer makes it a point that he did something productive with his time and the reader did not. More importantly he demonstrates the relationship that has now begun between himself and the reader by using a metaphor; “… shakers of salt and pepper that were standing side by side on a place mat, I wonder if they had become friends or if they were still strangers” (as cited in Clugston, 2010, section 12.1). The narrator uses a metaphor to compare the relationship between himself and the reader to the relationship of saltshakers and peppershakers. This is the line that intertwines the relationship between the author and the reader after idle time has passed. Are we going to agree with the author and act like friends or is the reader going to disagree with the author and act offended. We can ask the same question about the salt and pepper. Which item gets used most and which one stays idles most of the time. Either way the poem links the reader to the author under the common theme of idle time and who chooses to use it …show more content…
Their purpose to one another has been served and it was idle time that compelled each to do what they are doing. The writer wrote and the reader read. That is as far as their relationship will go and that is how both parties were brought together. Salt compliments pepper just as an audience compliments a poem. It must be noted that one took the opportunity to take the initiative and be creative to write during idle time and the other took the initiative and read while “leaning in a doorway

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