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The Joker by HHT

HTT's poem, "The Joker" takes us through a version of him that tries to balance the goofy side of him post the Comics Code as well as the darker versions of him circulating at the time.

The lines describe in great detail how the Joker is ridiculed by everyone else, mentioning how "everyone kept of [sic] laughing, / except the joker, who wouldnt [sic] stop crying" (HTT 16-17). The poem portrays a Joker who has been wronged by society, someone who can and has experienced deep emotional pain. He is further described as an "Irrational being in an imperfect world", further placing the blame on the environment he lives in as the speaker explicitly makes it known that they think the world is flawed (HTT 22). It becomes even more poignant when an earlier line, "its just the demise of another clown," is taken into consideration; society has not only wronged him, but it has wronged so many (HTT 15). The inclusion of the word 'another' implies he is merely an everyday consequence of his world, and it downplays him as an important figure. He is not even the first to be hurt by society. There's the horrifying implication that this is a long-running issue. The Joker is, in short, a tragic character for this iteration.

The lines describe in great detail how the Joker is ridiculed by everyone else, mentioning how "everyone kept of [sic] laughing, / except the joker, who wouldnt [sic] stop crying" (HTT 16-17). The poem portrays a Joker who has been wronged by society, someone who can and has experienced deep emotional pain. He is further described as an "Irrational being in an imperfect world", further placing the blame on the environment he lives in as the speaker explicitly makes it known that they think the world is flawed (HTT 22). It becomes even more poignant when an earlier line, "its just the demise of another clown," is taken into consideration; society has not only wronged him, but it has wronged so many (HTT 15). The inclusion of the word 'another' implies he is merely an everyday consequence of his world, and it downplays him as an important figure. He is not even the first to be hurt by society. There's the horrifying implication that this is a long-running issue. The Joker is, in short, a tragic character for this iteration.

Even with the gloomy theme and angle this poem has taken, the way it is written betrays the severity of the plot it weaves. The poem is riddled with a lack of proper capitalization, misspellings, and lack of apostrophes. It is crude in this way. The poem also always ends every line on an end-stop, making every line sound definitive and simple as well as easier to read. The poem also features a prominent rhyme scheme, almost being exclusively filled with various couplets. For many modern poems, rhyming couplets tends to be read as childish, reminiscent of how texts for young children are written. The lack of proper spelling and adherence to grammar rules gives it a bit of chaos in addition to also adding to the childish notes of it, as if a young person had written it. The writing style gives it a bouncy energy and rhythm to it, making it feel much more whimsical than the content of the words themselves.

By contrasting the meaning with the structure, HTT creates a poem that explores the Joker as a pitiful character with a serious problem but overlaps it with a fun, childish image, taking full advantage of their medium to be able to uniquely depict him this way.

Works Cited

HTT. "The Joker." 2015. Hello, Poetry, https://hellopoetry.com/poem/1178172/the-joker/. Accessed 6 Dec. 2020.