The text presented for analysis is a poem “Welcome to Society”, written by Erin Hanson and published on a social platform called Pinterest, on October 26th, 2014. The poem describes how society unconsciously shapes the way people behave and who they come to be, by being constantly bombarded by various types of rules that one must follow to not be considered different or weird. It highlights a neglected ongoing issue concerning the ludicrousness of the unavoidable judgmental comments from the people closest to us, and how sometimes it can go overboard making the person feel trapped. Hanson paints the story using everyday simple English vocabulary,in a way, it is particularly easy and less tiring to read. It also makes the reader to focus more on the context and the deeper meaning of the text rather than the words. Using both candid and an ironic tone, the author describes how sinister it actually is. To comprehend the message of the poem, the reader must have experienced at least one of the many examples that were presented. The context being how modern society treats people, and knowing it’s members beliefs. The author has written the poem during the ongoing 21st century, and was uploaded on a social platform called Pinterest, which is mostly used by young adults. Logically, because similar experience of the modern society is needed, that the author has experienced, as a young adult herself, to fully understand it. Specific educational requirements are not needed but they are required to have had some wisdom about how society works. This is important because the text uses a lot of imagery, by triggering certain experiences that the reader is expected to have already experienced.The poem tries to tell us to stop being so influenced by what other people think, and how easily it can trap people. The intention also being to stop from doing it ourselves. It ultimately makes fun of us. The targeted audience being young adults, it will encourage the reader to think broader and spread the message of this ridiculous matter. The visual image of the text, is presented in a minimalist manner suggesting that the author does not want to put any distractions regarding the text. The poem is presented on a blank white background, written in black characters, with a lack of a title. It is thought that the title is the first line of the poem “Welcome to Society” which is repeated later on throughout the poem. Not to mention that gives us a general idea of the topic later presented. The article is a single 20-lines stanza, each line separated by a comma, and the first letter of the line capitalized. It does not follow the rules of grammar since capitalizations are used too often, however, for a poem, this is not unusual. At the end of the poem, the author stated her initials, claiming it as her own. The layout of the poem goes from the discoveries one makes as they age. From an early stage of one’s life, they were always told to be themselves but then they were sent to school in order to adapt to what society thinks is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. As one grows older, they are introduced to beauty standards, and maybe even experience bullying. The author rhymes every even line making it a XAXA pattern. Rhyming the lines is a feature of many poems, this gives a sense of rhythm making the read more enjoyable. Overall, the author presents the text in a simple stylistic manner, while featuring styles often associated with poems. Likewise the stylistic features of the text, the vocabulary and language are also simple. These words are often used with people that are close, perhaps suggesting that the author and the protagonist of the poem have a close relationship. This hints that the people from society with these intentions from the poem, are actually the ones closest to us. The author also keeps mentioning ‘we’ throughout the poem, indicating that we do the same thing ourselves too with other members of the society. Even through the use of plain everyday language, the author successfully sets a message. Tone and voice plays a big part with the reader’s emotions, resulting in giving this poem a deeper meaning. The voice is disapproving and derisive, often criticizing the ridicule of our ways. It is pessimistic, looking at one side, in an effort to persuade the reader. The tone continuously switches in between candid and ironic, effectively playing with the reader’s emotions. The author also heightens the emotions by providing the text with lots of imagery. However, the imagery relies on personal memories, instead of plain examples, drastically amplifying the effect it has. The author does that by providing examples that the reader should have already experienced, making the reader recall that memory. Unfortunately, it is hard to know the emotions one should feel during the reading because the imagery it triggers varies among the audience. All of those examples above play a major role on the reader’s emotions. Two literary devices that the author uses most are paradox and juxtaposition, those effectively contrasts the subject and emphasizes the irony amongst it. Paradox is found many times in the poem. How you have complete freedom of choosing what you want but then on the next line, they tell us how there is one criteria we needs to follow. It also uses a lot of juxtaposition, going against what the previous line stated. That develops a contrast, and makes the reader automatically compare the two polar situations since they are so closely put together, surprising and capturing their interest. The use of these devices highlights the ironic tone and the ridiculousness of this subject giving it a clearer view. The word choice is not chosen randomly, they have a deeper meaning, making the reader think. On lines 7-8 “We’ll bully you for smiling, And then wonder why you frown”, smiling is associated with being happy, whereas frowning is associated with sad. The term explains how they will bring us down when we are happy, and then act clueless . Another connotation is present on lines 11-12 “And then cry with all the others, as you are buried in the ground” mentioning how the people that influence our decisions are attending our funeral providing the reader with more evidence that the people are indeed close to them. Buried in the ground is an allusion of death as it is a well known tradition. For some readers, society can be an allusion of life since the only way to avoid society is death. That lets the readers to think of life subconsciously. The text having these allusions makes the reader think in depth emphasizing the seriousness of the matter. The text, to enthuse the reader, it uses devices such as hyperbole and metaphor while still trying to persuade the reader. Hyperbole can be seen on line 6 , “Tear you down” is a hyperbole because you can not actually tear someone. A metaphor is also seen on line 16, you can not shape an opinion, it’s not an object. A hint of symbolism is found on line 2, tells us to enjoy our lives, but it’s also sardonic because you have to constantly worry about what society thinks first. In conclusion, the author Erin Hanson collected what she thinks society is like and tries to persuade us by using different kinds of examples and devices. Her ultimate goal would be to lecture us from doing the same thing ourselves and to not be caged by someone’s else’s opinion. She does that by using words we are familiar with, in order to make different connections with them, such as find connotation among them. There is big focus on playing with the reader’s emotions, making the text seem relatable and amusing. Through the use of many literary devices, carefully chosen words, and the reader’s experiences in life, the author shows what she thinks is a major fault in society and tries to convince us to agree with her.