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Margaret Atwood - The City Planners

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Transcript of Margaret Atwood - The City Planners

The City Planners A poem by Margaret Atwood The City Planners Cruising these residential Sunday
streets in dry August sunlight:
what offends us is
the sanities:
the houses in pedantic rows, the planted
sanitary trees, assert
levelness of surface like a rebuke
to the dent in our car door.
No shouting here, or
shatter of glass; nothing more abrupt
than the rational whine of a power mower
cutting a straight swath in the discouraged grass About Margaret :) :) :) :) :) THE END THANK YOU But though the driveways neatly
sidestep hysteria
by being even, the roofs all display
the same slant of avoidance to the hot sky,
certain things:
the smell of spilled oil a faint
sickness lingering in the garages,
a splash of paint on brick surprising as a bruise,
a plastic hose poised in a vicious
coil; even the too-fixed stare of the wide windows
give momentary access to
the landscape behind or under
the future cracks in the plaster


when the houses, capsized, will slide
obliquely into the clay seas, gradual as glaciers
that right now nobody notices.


That is where the City Planners
with the insane faces of political conspirators
are scattered over unsurveyed
territories, concealed from each other,
each in his own private blizzard; guessing directions, they sketch
transitory lines rigid as wooden borders
on a wall in the white vanishing air


tracing the panic of suburb
order in a bland madness of snows Although she is best known for her work as a novelist, she is also a poet, & has published fifteen books of poetry up until today. Many of her poems have been inspired by myths & fairy tales, which she has been interested in since an early age. Atwood has published short stories in Tamarack Review, Alphabet, Harper's, CBC Anthology, Ms., Saturday Night, & many other magazines. She has also published four collections of stories and three collections of unclassifiable short prose works. More Margaret Eleanor Atwood, is a Canadian poet that was born on the 18th of November, 1939, She is a novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is among the most-honored authors of fiction in recent history. She has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award & Prince of Asturias award for Literature, has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, & won once, & has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award seven times, & won twice. She is also one of the founders of the Writers' Trust of Canada, which is a non-profit literary organization that tries to encourage Canada's writing community. A picture insired by "The City Planners" Theme This poem is about living in a suburban residence. Which the narrator describes as a boring place, where everything is the same & there is no originality, creativity or uniqueness. It also talks about the "city planners" who are apparently ruining the city & laying out their own rules however they want. The overall theme in this poem is the fact that there is numbness in everyone because of living in a place without originality, creativity & uniqueness. Tone/Mood/Atmosphere This poem is rather sad since it talks about a city being ruined after it had been loved. The author expresses that she's very unhappy with the changes that have been made. All the changes that have been made are very unnecessary & unwanted.

In the first stanza the author says "what offends us is the sanities: the houses in pedantic rows, the planted sanitary trees, assert levelness of surface like a rebuke to the dent in our car door." which suggests that the resisdents don't like having averything perfect & tidy, that they prefer having things, maybe messy, or bit less organized.

she also mentions "No shouting here, or shatter of glass" which suggests that they have no right to freedom of expression, which they're obviously not happy about. Language The language to me, makes it seem like the author was going for a more dramatic feel because of the use of ","
In this poem she uses standard english, but it seems like she's also playing with formal words like, pedantic, rebuke, swath, or hysteria, because those are not words that we would use regularly.

- She has various lengths in her stanzas
- Use of adjectives
- Voices her opinion
- Use of Emotive language
& more... Imagery I think the author is trying to get her audience to picture or to realize how unhappy everyone is with the changes that have been made to their neighborhood, & to make the audience understand the pain or sadness they're going through because of these changes that they're not used to
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