P.K. Page, “The Stenographers”

  1. What comparison does the opening stanza suggest? Why is it appropriate?
  2. What is the bell that rings in stanza four? Whose voice “draws the pencils”?
  3. Where are the stenographers in the seventh stanza? What are they doing? Note how the poem carries them through the day.
  4. In what sense are the stenographers like marathon runners racing around a stadium track?
  5. In your own words explain what the poet is suggesting about the life of a stenographer.