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Analysis of "The city planners" by Margaret Atwood

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  • Submitted: 25/09/2012
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âThe city plannersâ Margaret Atwood

The poem âThe city plannersâ was written by Margaret Atwood. This poem is about living in a suburban residence. Which is described by the narrator as a boring place, were everything is the same and there is no originality or uniqueness. It also talks about the âcity plannersâ who are apparently ruining the city and imposing rules. The key theme in this poem is the numbness produced by living in a place without originality or creativity.

The first stanza of this poem is describing the city, nature and how dull and how nothing exciting ever happens in that suburban residence. âWhat offends us is the sanities:â with this line the author is kind of criticising the city and suburbia. She then continues to list the things that bother her âthe houses in pedantic rows, the planted sanitary treesâ¦â this words show how the author sees suburbia which she describes as picture perfect everything is too clean âsanitiesâ too neat and structured. âassert levelness of surface like a rebuke to the dent in our car door.â With this quotation the narrator even says that the dent in her car door makes her feel

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