• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An Analysis of The Piano has been Drinking by Tom Waits.

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐An Analysis of ?The Piano has been Drinking? Quazi Mohammad Faisal Tuesday, December 22, 2009 ?The piano has been drinking? is written by Tom Waits, an American singer-songwriter. This piece of writing is actually one of Tom Waits' songs which use several poetic conventions. Due to the factor it doesn?t give this one the shape of a true poetry. Still this one is an interesting piece of writing and has several conventions used where it can be analyzed stylistically. The poem is about a drunken pianist who?s sitting behind his piano late at night in a restaurant and blaming his piano, not himself, for his drunken state. First thing to note about the poem is the title- ?The piano has been drinking?. A piano is not a living element and it can?t drink. So, when someone goes through the title, it gives the idea that the poem there is someone behind that piano who is trying to tell a story through the piano. ...read more.


The title of the poem ?And the piano has been drinking? was repeated six times in the whole poem. The language of the poem is primarily very symbolic. He used phrases like: "my necktie is asleep" or "telephone?s out of cigarettes" or "carpet needs a haircut". A necktie cannot sleep, telephones don?t smoke and carpets don?t go to hairdressers. Rather they were used as symbols of displacement of the necktie or the carpet do need a cleaning. Through the poem, the narrator?s stylistic register appears to be informal. However, sometimes even slang was marked in few lines (like, the narrator compares the IQ of the bar owner with a fence post: ?And the owner is a mental midget with the I.Q. of a fence post?). In terms of use of poetic effects, personification was observed quite frequently in the poem. In several lines he mentioned about inanimate objects performing actions which they are not capable of doing. He wrote: "the balcony is on the make" or "the menus are all freezing", eventually which caused category violation. ...read more.


out of cigarettes, and the balcony is on the make And the piano has been drinking, the piano has been drinking? And the menus are all freezing, and the light man?s blind in one eye And he can?t see out of the other And the piano-tuner?s got a hearing aid, and he showed up with his mother And the piano has been drinking, the piano has been drinking As the bouncer is a Sumo wrestler, cream-puff casper milktoast And the owner is a mental midget with the I.Q. of a fence post ?Cause the piano has been drinking, the piano has been drinking? And you can?t find your waitress with a Geiger counter And she hates you and your friends and you just can?t get served without her And the box-office is drooling, and the bar stools are on fire And the newspapers were fooling, and the ash-trays have retired ?Cause the piano has been drinking, the piano has been drinking The piano has been drinking, not me, not me, not me, not me, not me ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Other Poets section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Other Poets essays

  1. Discuss the importance of the ideas of roots and rootlessness in post-colonial writing by ...

    to strike back at Rochester to make him feel like he does not belong there, thus he feels 'rootless' and aware that he is 'rootless' within the environment he is in. On the other hand, Walcott uses nature to express his own emotions and anger towards his changed homeland, thus

  2. "Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note Analysis

    The speaker goes through his routine getting used to those terrifying feelings that he describes in metaphor. He seems to be afraid, and encloses himself to prevent those upsetting emotions from overtaking him. The second stanza also focuses on a daily recurrence; in this case the speaker finds himself disappointed

  1. This essay is mainly focused on Elizabeth Bishops poem One Art, and the recurrent ...

    The usage of certain conventions such as: tone, rhyme scheme and language (especially the variations of formal and colloquial language and adjectives) appeal to reveal the poets feelings throughout the slight variations of line repetition and language. In addition, the poem raises and ironic question about the loss o things in life taken as an art.

  2. Silence and Opression in Discourse on the Logic of Language

    While the story is positioned on the margins, it is printed in capital letters, which emphasizes its importance. Thus, the story is a form of literary resistance against Western patriarchal discourse. In European male literary tradition, women are peripheral and when they are written about, they are depicted in terms of their relationships to men.

  1. Free essay

    Cutting A Better Man Out Of The Hedge: a discussion of the relation of ...

    And yet there is a timelessness as well as a remarkably contemporary element to Heaney's sense of Irishness: in 'The Singer's House' Heaney talks about the 'salt of the earth' and laments that 'so much comes and is gone/that should be crystal and kept'.

  2. Compare and contrast different ways of presenting dominance and oppression in post-colonial societies by ...

    and oppression in the Caribbean from the arrival of Rochester until his departure. In 'A Lesson for this Sunday', Walcott presents the Caribbean society to be more oppressive. There are racial division by the use of specific colour term of 'Black' and the fact he writes 'Black maid' represents the post-colonial Caribbean society, under the oppressive dominance.

  1. Critical Essay of 'In the Snack Bar

    the speaker "notice[s] now his stick", so too does the reader recognise the cruel physical disabilities the man is suffering. What is particularly interesting is that it is the man himself who is given a voice in the poem, thereby affirming his humanity.

  2. Charles Simics Butcher Shop is a poem of four-line stanzas that shows how the ...

    The point of view in the poem is generalized and anonymous. Both the details of time and place are removed by the use of the opening word "sometimes" and the setting of the unnamed city or village street. The "I" in the poem could be anyone, and its anonymity draws the reader into a participation in the poet's own meditation.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work