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Cheng and Atwood show how The Planners of suburbia and The City Planners form and mould our society and the way we live.

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The ideas and perceptions of the people who control our world shape the way we live. Cheng and Atwood show how ?The Planners? of suburbia and ?The City Planners? form and mould our society and the way we live. In ?The City Planners? Atwood shows how society has become over sanitised, becoming a ?utopia? of a society. In ?The Planners? Kim shows how past beauties of the world, created by man, are now being seen as unwanted and are being erased, and that this is a necessary change for our world to advance beyond the simplicity of the past. The sanitised, utopian society is created by the one track mindset of ?The City Planners?. ?Houses in pedantic rows, the planted sanitary trees?, Atwood uses the familiar ?House? of society, a root we can all associate with, as a ?pedantic?; an adjective showing the world we live in is designed to be a perfect, correct, equal world of forced formality and conformity; ?row?, reinforcing the idea of uniformity and a straightened world. The verb ?Planted? shows how our society is a false, ?planted? man-made environment, in which ?levelness? and similarity is the number one goal. The utopia of Atwood?s ?The City Planners? is a perfect society. People live in quiet secluded lives, no ?shouting? of pain, sorrow or restlessness, all is quiet, perfect. ...read more.

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identify the battle that has taken place between humans and nature in order for humans to gain the ability to build where we want, ?at desired points?, and how we want, ?With gaps all plugged with gleaming gold?. After the first stanza Cheng transitions the poem to a more negative feeling, in which the desire to keep the past is losing out the making way for the future. ?The Planners? ?erase the flaws?, they clean off the ?blemishes of the past.? Cheng uses the noun ?blemishes? to show how the world now views the buildings of the past as a stain upon the landscape, an unpleasant view within the perfect city of their world. ?The Planners? work with some care to erase the past, they work with ?dental dexterity? to help ?knock off useless blocks? with as little pain and suffering as possible, they work with fine tools and anaesthetics. Cheng uses the nouns ?Anaesthesia, amnesia, hypnosis? to describe the metaphorical actions taken by ?The Planners? to ease the transition into a society that ?wears perfect rows of shining teeth?. The verb ?perfect? conveys the idea of the city designed by ?The Planners? to have all of the required or desirable elements, qualities or characteristics; the world ?they? have created is as good as it is possible to be. ...read more.

Conclusion

In ?The Planners? Cheng analyses the change between the innovative building and planning of the past, and the transition to a uniform world of the future. Both Cheng and Atwood talk about The Planners in a very negative light. Atwood describes The Planners using very negative and emotive diction, describing them as ?insane political figures? that have no regard for the ideas of others. She shows that the ideas of ?The City Planners? are slowly but surely destroying society. In ?The Planners? Cheng talks about ?The Planners? in a much more reserved way, referring to them as ?they?. Like Atwood, Cheng blames the planners for the damage they have done to society, but talks more of what they have done to change the past, rather than how Atwood explains the way they are going to destroy the future. Cheng in ?The Planners? talks her mind and feelings, saying how she blames the planners for the destruction of her art form. Through the actions of ?The Planners? of suburbia and ?The City Planners? our world is shaped and the way we lived impacted on. In the poems ?The Planners? and ?The City Planners? Cheng and Atwood Describe the world of once beautiful creations has been turned into an over-perfect over-sanitised world that has destroyed many off the good things in life. Through the poems Cheng and Atwood have showed that if the planners are allowed to rein free over our society it will only end badly. Words: 1364 ...read more.

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