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The Unjiggable Cod

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The Unjiggable Cod
Nova Scotia
By: Marian Frances White
Regional Tour
Many hollywood movies were filmed here, such as The Titanic
Annual GDP is lower than other averages of Canadian provinces
Surrounded by four bodies of water, the Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Fundy, Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence
New Brunswick
Home to the warmest salt water beaches
Known for it's largest lobster sculpture
Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world
Due to these incredible tides, the St. John river flows backwards twice a day, daily
Home to the magnetic hill
Prince Edward Island
The Confederation Bridge links New Brunswick and PEI and cost $1.3 billion and is 12.9 kilometer
It is the smallest province and is only 224km long
It is a single health administration region
Newfoundland and Labrador
Has 4 major industries such as: Mining, fishing, forestry and energy power plant
1500 european explorers and fisherman began their exploration around 1630 which started the seasonal fishing spree
It experienced a depress in economy that resulted in the collapse of the cod fishery in 1992
The Unjiggable Cod
Cod Moratorium
"long before the cod moratorium of course"
Theme and Surface Meaning
How the cod fishery collapse ruined the main industry for the Atlantic

"despite this she refused to exchange the punt
back for a washing machine"
They say you cant fish here anymore
unless you're a tourist
just when a record number of women
take to the boats
sure Theresa McCann sold her washing machine for a
punt
rowed away to laughter pealing from the wharf
that subsided when she hauled an oversize catch
long before the cod moratorium of course
beginner's luck, they called it
until the fishing season ended
and her catch outdid theirs


All winter the men fought to win her
at the stern of their boat
all winter the feds plotted
to tie up the fishing nets for good
despite this she refused to exchange the punt
back for the washing machine
all winter she hauled her clothes to the shore
broke ice and scrubbed to the wait of the boats lapping


Nothing was the same, ever after
not the sound of punts lazily drifting out to sea
as if on vacation
nor the way the oars broke water
on a perfectly windless day
nor the screech of gulls crying hopelessly for caplin


The courting season ceased
tourists enjoy the bay now
talk of the regal line of boats anchored
as if for their viewing pleasure
drop anchor long enough to jig
the elusive cod
an artifact of time
long before washing machines
and tourists

In 1992 the Canadian government declared a moratorium on the Cod fishing industry
Past 500 years largely shaped the lives, communities and ecosystems of Canada's Atlantic
New technologies came about from the 50's onward that allowed fisherman ease to catch the cod
The moratorium was meant to last two years, hoping that the Cod population would replenish, and along with it the fisheries. The damage done proved irreversible
Twenty years later and the Cod population has not rebounded and the fisheries remain closed
They say you cant fish here anymore
unless you're a tourist
just when a record number of women
take to the boats
sure Theresa McCann sold her washing machine for a
punt
rowed away to laughter pealing from the wharf
that subsided when she hauled an oversize catch
long before the cod moratorium of course
beginner's luck, they called it
until the fishing season ended
and her catch outdid theirs



All winter the men fought to win her
at the stern of their boat
all winter the feds plotted
to tie up the fishing nets for good
despite this she refused to exchange the punt
back for the washing machine
all winter she hauled her clothes to the shore
broke ice and scrubbed to the wait of the boats lapping



Nothing was the same, ever after
not the sound of punts lazily drifting out to sea
as if on vacation
nor the way the oars broke water
on a perfectly windless day
nor the screech of gulls crying hopelessly for caplin



The courting season ceased
tourists enjoy the bay now
talk of the regal line of boats anchored
as if for their viewing pleasure
drop anchor long enough to jig
the elusive cod
an artifact of time
long before washing machines
and tourists
The collapse of fishing industry caused the Atlantic to depend on tourism

Introduction to her; very gutsy, confident, hard working woman

Took a stand for women

Theme- she gave up her "womanly role" to buy a boat to fish with the men



Tone: Empowering

Poem Relates to Region how?
Structure and Word Choice
Anecdote format
Beginning
Wouldn't back down
Everything changes
From now on
Punt-
type of fishing boat
Wharf-
type of structure built on the shore of a harbor, stream etc.
Caplin-
little fish that cod eat
Elusive "cod"-
difficult to catch
Poetic Devices
Role of female fishermen in a male dominated workplace
Unchanged ways
Cacophony- "nor the
screech
of gulls crying hopelessly caplin"
Repetition- "
washing machine
"

Allusion- "long before the
cod moratorium
of course"
Personification- "the sound of punts
lazily
drifting out to sea"
Symbol- "
cod
"
Unbreakable strength

Wouldn't give up and refused to revert back to the stereotype of the "stay at home mom"

Theme- stereotype of women forced to stay at home

Tone: Encouraging
Feds created the law prohibiting cod fishing

Damage done was irreversible

Population of caplin spiked after near cod extinction

Theme- Collapse of ecosystems

Tone: Gloomy
Breeding season for fish stopped

The Northern Cod population has not rebounded and the cod fishery has remained closed

Tourist area that which once fed the Atlantic

Theme- Past is unalterable

Tone: Hopeless

Women were more likely to be accepted into the predominately male workforce in the 90s in central Canada then in the Atlantic Provinces

Male biased community in the Region for manual labour job opportunities
Poem Relates to Region how?

The region influenced the poem greatly because if she lived elsewhere in Canada her journey would have been different

Male dominated industries are specific to regions

If the poem took place in Ontario for example, jobs in the fishing industry would be scarce, instead the automotive industry is leading.



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