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Daguerreotype Taken in Old Age
Transcript of Daguerreotype Taken in Old Age
- Margaret Atwood
Connection to Atwood
Early work - problem of alienation
Duality and contrast
Victims and ability to survive
Very visual - ambition
Voice to the mute - nationality and women
Speaker & Audience
Point of view - 1st person - of one in old age
Applies to all audiences - intrinsic feature of mankind
Messages significant to all
Repetition of "I ____"
Smaller stanzas - emphasis
Imagery & Setting
Visual imagery of moon
Rooted in nature - revealing its power
Comparison & Irony
Self awareness vs alienation
Mortality vs everlasting nature of moon
Ravages of old age
Mortality and death
Isolation, being trapped
What is a Daguerreotype?
First photographic process - the image is on a bright mirror-like surface and appears either positive or negative depending on lighting.
The old and mute
Daguerreotype - lens into, and mirror of, human existence & frailty