Smith, Stevie. "Do Take Muriel Out".
- the speaker urges an unknown addressee to take the lonely Muriel out
- Muriel seeks in vain her friends, all gone to far away places, and sadly returns home to pray
- the last stanza reveals the identity of the addressee as Death x but: assures Muriel will be happy with the outing even when taken out by Death
- free verse, irregularly rhymed
- ballad-like: simple, repetitive, tragic
- detached point of view: does not wail Muriel's tragedy x simply contemplates facts
- themes of loneliness, ageing, and dying
AuthorSmith, Stevie. (1902 - 1971).
Full Title"Do Take Muriel Out".
Smith, Stevie. "Do Take Muriel Out". Collected Poems. London: Penguin, 1985.