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Margaret Atwood is a Canadian writer, who evokes the concepts of a confessional poet. Her poem journey to the interior develops the concepts of a journey, through various techniques. For example imagery, a dotted line on the map

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How does 'Journey to the interior' reveal an inner journey? Margaret Atwood is a Canadian writer, who evokes the concepts of a confessional poet. Her poem 'journey to the interior' develops the concepts of a journey, through various techniques. For example imagery, 'a dotted line on the map' (lines 13-14) 'Journey to the interior' uses landscape to create an image and understanding, to use in comparison to the dark side of the mind, and physical features of the surrounding world, to give a better understanding to the reader. Atwood uses this to allow the reader freedom of exploration. The poem was written in 1960, and inspired by Post-World War 2. The poem relates to the matters of the dark side of the human psyche, emerging from concentration camps, acts of genocide, and atomic bombs. ...read more.

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'I'm sure I passed this yesterday' (line 28) her growing confusion to her inner journey. A caesura was used after this to help the reader digest what Atwood deeply meant by that. Taking on board Atwood's idea of own interpretation, is what evoked, I, the reader to find the profound significance to the title. What do you call a person who designs a kitchen? An interior designer. Interpreting the title 'Journey to the interior' basically means to me 'Journey to the kitchen'. Atwood's journey is basically how she made it to the kitchen, and why she thinks this is the deep side of the human psyche. Take into consideration that this poem was written by a feminist/ existentialist. She relates the versatile Canadian landscape, towards her feelings of being in the kitchen, and what must have led her there. ...read more.

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Reaching the dark side of the mind, in a state of reality referring to the kitchen, and being stuck there questioning the dark side of the human psyche. 'but mostly the danger; many have been here, but only some have returned safely' (lines 31-33) 'whatever I do I must keep my head. I know it is easier to lose my way forever here than in any other landscape' (Lines 39-42 ). She ends with a sense of positivity. Atwood knows the landscape she is travelling through, which is the dark side of the human psyche, if far more dangerous than any other landscape to travel in your life journey. Atwood's journey is based upon one's own journey through the inner workings of the mind. It is evident that the poem is accumulative, by the points and evidence required. Tropes, language features, and techniques help portray the journey revealed in Margaret Atwood's poem 'Journey to the interior' Carolina Silva 11EA1 Mr Gugoric ...read more.

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