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Critique on "The Projectionist's Nightmare".

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Kathrin Koebke English 2, P. 4 Mrs. Andrews 5.10.2003 Critique on "The Projectionist's Nightmare" "The Projectionist's Nightmare" describes the difference between illusion and reality. Brian Patten puts together the false impression of the make-believe world and the reality of death. He creates an even more intense poem by adding differentiating tones and moods, starting of with a calm introduction along with a tranquil setting, and then crosses over to the realisation of bleak death. The poem begins as the bird enters the cinema. As it flies towards the screen, a landscape is portrayed as "a garden, a sunset and two people being nice to each other". ...read more.

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Surprisingly and quite unexpectedly, the bird dies instantaneously as it mistakes the screen for a factual landscape and smashes into it. I don't quite understand the lines "he watches from his mountain walls". Patten might be referring to God as he watches yet again another bird die. Brian Patten describes the death scene with similes and onomatopoeias as the bird "falls like a thunderbolt" and "real blood, real intestines, slither down". The simile creates the image of the bird falling after it has hit the screen and the slither gives us those distinct Goosebumps as we hear the intestines slide down the screen. ...read more.

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Probably because we, the humans, know that there is no escaping the real world as many of us have already tried and have failed. At first I did not quite understand why Brain Patten wrote about a bird dying in a cinema, but when it occurred to me that he was depicting the real world and an illusion I understood that we are not often satisfied about this world - our world - and yet, we do nothing about it. Not even the death of a bird can open our eyes... A bird to us seems meaningless and yet, it is also one of God's creatures, just trying to escape what we have made of this place called earth. ...read more.

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