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"A Sad Child" By Margaret Atwood

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Transcript of "A Sad Child" By Margaret Atwood

Poem Project Analysis

By Eileen, Reem & Tiffany

General Analysis
Summary
:
A free verse poem that, at first, portrays the evident and simple ways someone tries to cope with depression and their sadness - "
Go see a shrink or take a pill
"
The somber mood encompasses the topic of depression.






Poem devices

In the first three stanzas, the author uses broad diction to portray the small things that some people can relate to; almost mocking the minuet situations some with depression worry about. - "
but some get over it ...buy a hat. buy a coat or a pet. Take up dancing to forget.
"
Then in the last three stanzas, she reveals a more serious perspective about the illness. - "
but darling, when it comes right down to it
"
She creates imagery to showcase the deeper and more serious state of depression.
Theme
Atwood's Tone
The author creates a somber mood for the reader. Her tone within the poem transitions from sarcasm/mockery then
shifts
to a more serious tone.
Connotation
Margaret Atwood
You're sad because you're sad.
It's psychic. It's the age. It's chemical.
Go see a shrink or take a pill,
or hug your sadness like an eyeless doll
you need to sleep.

Well, all children are sad
but some get over it.
Count your blessings. Better than that,
buy a hat. Buy a coat or pet.
Take up dancing to forget.

Forget what?
Your sadness, your shadow,
whatever it was that was done to you
the day of the lawn party
when you came inside flushed with the sun,
your mouth sulky with sugar,
in your new dress with the ribbon
and the ice-cream smear,
and said to yourself in the bathroom,
I am not the favorite child.

"A Sad Child"
My darling, when it comes
right down to it
and the light fails and the fog rolls in
and you're trapped in your overturned body
under a blanket or burning car,

and the red flame is seeping out of you
and igniting the tarmac beside your head
or else the floor, or else the pillow,
none of us is;
or else we all are.

A Sad Child
That is the end!
Thank you for your time and we hope you enjoyed our presentation.
"hug your sadness like an eyeless doll" (4) ->
simile
"when you came inside flushed with the sun" (15)
&
"your mouth sulky with
su
gar" (16) ->
metaphor
"
and the light fails and the fog rolls in " (23) ->
personification
Shift
: "
I am not the favourite child
"
-> Awareness - seriousness (towards depression)
Significance of title
:
The word "sad" in the title sets the mood of the poem and could also infer to the sad experiences one can go through; specifically a child.
From Atwood's
tone
, the reader can infer that she used
a
different approach to elaborate emotions involved with depression. Her diction lets the reader relate to those who have little knowledge of the mental illness.
Atwood also shows that everyone, including younger generations, c
an go
through depression.
the
re
is a sense of equality throughout
the p
oem
Topic of poem
: depression
Everyone's situation is different; some may never understand.
Everyone is sad inside
Bibliography
http://juliebraga.blogspot.ca/2009/02/margaret-atwoods-sad-child-commentary.html
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