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The Planners - Boey Kim Cheng

Visualisation - awaiting analysis - of the poem from the IGCSE Literature syllabus

Mark Seldon

on 28 January 2016

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Transcript of The Planners - Boey Kim Cheng

They plan. They build. All spaces are gridded,

filled with permutations of possibilities.

The buildings are in alignment with the roads

which meet at desired points

linked by bridges all hang

in the grace of mathematics.
The Planners - Kim Boey Cheng
They build and will not stop.

Even the sea draws back

and the skies surrender.

They erase the flaws,

the blemishes of the past,

knock off useless blocks with dental dexterity.

All gaps are plugged with gleaming gold.

The country wears perfect rows of shining teeth.

Anaesthesia,amnesia, hypnosis.

They have the means.

They have it all so it will not hurt,

so history is new again. The piling will not stop.

The drilling goes right through the fossils of last century.

But my heart would not bleed

poetry. Not a single drop

to stain the blueprint

of our past’s tomorrow.

Cheng uses the anaphora repeating
the word they.As before here they is used to remind us that everything is made by people for an aim.In fact line 17-18 mean that the planners have the objective to make population forget about the past and accept the future.
List of 3
Cheng uses the list of 3 in line 15."Anaesthesia,amnesia,hypnosis".The list of 3 is used to highlight these 3 important points because the planners build building just to distract others people from real problems that worry the population.
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