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. Atwood uses the cliché phrase “shatter of glass” to show perfection. “Glass” is smooth, hard, clear and unwanted when broken, and Atwood depicts to use how our lives have formed into a transparent, flat, “unbroken”, perfect world. Atwood also describes the slip into dystopia. The extended metaphor and links to nature “capsizing” contradicts the regular views of a “residential Sunday street”. The noun “Sunday” is usually related with a day of rest, peace, and religion, and is very opposite to the dystopia of “capsizing” “houses” and the “blizzards” of collapsing society. Atwood also describes the “City Planners” as “Insane” “Political” figures, who are wrapped up within their “private blizzards”, unable to understand the implications of designing what they believe as the perfect society. Atwood coveys the idea of the city being built by “The City Planners” and a “bland madness” that’s as interesting as “snow”. Atwood uses analogy “bland madness of snow” to show “The City Planners” mindset as two negatives. The “madness” of “The city Planners” shows lack of cohesion and ideology, meaning that society is becoming bland and uninteresting, all “pedantic rows” and “neat” “driveways”.

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The once beautiful creations of “The planners” are now being seen as old and unwanted; over time society has changed to reject these once stunning buildings and through the change in attitude over time society has destroyed these old buildings in replace for an organised, perfect society. In the first stanza of the poem Cheng talks about the original planners during the period of enlightenment, where people were gifted with the “grace of mathematics”. Cheng uses the verb “Grace” to give the idea of “mathematics” a very positive, almost perfect idea, as if it is a divine gift. This new found ...

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