Metropolis Planners, Maggie Atwood
From this poem, the poet disorders the sterile uniformity of residential suburbs. Notice that she never describes people. ‘What offends us is the sanities' Sanity is described as being affordable and of sound mind; she's referring to ‘pedantic houses', hygienic trees' and things that she considers to be extremely controlled or constructed. The girl does not say yes to.
In stanza 2, the lady lists ‘certain things' that provide momentary entry to the landscape…' The images she provides have effect of disturbing the buy: ‘a sprinkle of paint' ‘the reduction in our car door' ‘the future fractures in the plaster…'
Stanza three or more anticipates the effects of destructive benefits of nature ‘houses slide obliquely into clay-based seas' and suggests that gentleman is arrogant: ‘right today nobody updates. ' The last few words explain ‘The City Planners' as having ‘insane faces'
A final stanzas explain the futility of planning ‘guessing directions' and transitory lines' (lines that will change). Those responsible are identified as remote figures unaware of the other person ‘each inside their own exclusive blizzard. ' The ‘blizzard' is a long metaphor (an idea which in turn recurs through the entire poem).
The poet's uncommon use of symbolism is sarcastic as she is describing one of the most interesting facets of suburbia and they are generally in fact dull. This forces the reader to look at ordinary, monotonous objects in different ways; to examine suburbia from a different perspective. Significant images include ‘houses in pedantic rows' ‘sanitary trees' and ‘discouraged grass' providing the reader an image of suburbia that is extremely ordered and suffocating character The ‘plastic hose' in stanza a couple of represents a snake (nature) which is ‘poised in a bad coil' indicating that character will digital rebel and is ready to strike.
The writer's diction often raises inquiries about craziness and what it takes. ‘sanities' ‘Insane' ‘madness' and ‘hysteria' Various other examples of diction include ‘shatter' and ‘whine'...
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