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Conjoined by Judith Minty is a poem about a broken relationship.

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Introduction

âConjoinedâ by Judith Minty âConjoinedâ by Judith Minty is a poem about a broken relationship. Judith Minty uses many similes, metaphors, and analogies to describe an unhappy union of two people and the inseparability of marriage. The sub title is â a marriage poemâ which sets the theme of the poem, but until you start reading you do not realize that it is an unhappy view towards marriage. She uses words with negative connotation such as âheavyâ, âdeformedâ and âaccidentâ to describe the relationship in a marriage. She ends the poem with âWe cannot escape each other.â This is a depressing ending to her poem because she talks about marriage as if it is a prison.

Middle

This enhances the poem because it shows how she compares marriage to an accident of a two-headed calf with a simile which shows her negative view towards marriage. Judith Minty uses a metaphor when she writes, âThe onion in my cupboard, a monster actually two joined under one transparent skin...â She uses the comparison of the onion to a monster to translate that marriage can be a horrible thing. She uses the transparent skin of the onion as the bond between two people in a marriage. The metaphor enhances the poem because it is the first line of the poem and it sets the unpleasant tone immediately.

Conclusion

The tone of âConjoinedâ by Judith Minty is a troubled view on marriage. You get a general feel of unhappiness towards marriage with her analogies, similes, metaphors and diction that she uses in her poem. Usually, marriage is associated to positive words such as happy, commitment, love, and unity. In Judith Minty's poem she uses depressing words when describing marriage. She calls it a âmonsterâ and an âaccident.â Minty talks about the unity of two people for years as if it was a bad thing. â...doomed to live, even make love, together for sixty years.â Other people would see a marriage of sixty years as a good thing and would celebrate it. SOUND

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