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Resolved Question: Margaret Atwood and
Any influences from Atwood's childhood with the main protagonist from her novel "Oryx and Crake"
Posted on 24 December 2012 | 10:21 am
Resolved Question: What is Margaret Atwood
Is the family on the rocks a portrayal of American tourists?
The poet would like tourists to see her country's mountains and lakes, rather than the unrealistic commercial view some Americans portray (of Canada)?
Did the publishing of this poem weaken the Americans ties with Canadians?
Just a couple of questions I had after reading the poem. Canadians also have stereotypes on Americans, right?
Posted on 22 August 2012 | 2:19 am
Resolved Question: What are Margaret
Posted on 11 February 2012 | 8:37 am
Resolved Question: Please help me interpret
Postcards by Margaret Atwood
I'm thinking about you. What else can I say?
The palm trees on the reverse
are a delusion; so is the pink sand.
What we have are the usual
fractured coke bottles and the smell
of backed-up drains, too sweet,
like a mango on the verge
of rot, which we have also.
The air clear sweat, mosquitoes
& their tracks; birds & elusive.
Time comes in waves here, a sickness, one
day after the other rolling on;
I move up, it's called
awake, then down into the uneasy
nights but never
forward. The roosters crow
for hours before dawn, and a prodded
child howls & howls
on the pocked road to school.
In the hold with the baggage
there are two prisoners,
their heads shaved by bayonets, & ten crates
of queasy chicks. Each spring
there's race of cripples, from the store
to the church. This is the sort of junk
I carry with me; and a clipping
about democracy from the local paper.
Outside the window
they're building the damn hotel,
nail by nail, someone's
crumbling dream. A universe that includes you
can't be all bad, but
does it? At this distance
you're a mirage, a glossy image
fixed in the posture
of the last time I saw you.
Turn you over, there's the place
for the address. Wish you were
here. Love comes
in waves like the ocean, a sickness which goes on
& on, a hollow cave
in the head, filling & pounding, a kicked ear.
I love this poem.
I'm going to write my poetry assessment commentary on it, but I have a few questions...
In the last two lines of the first stanza, what does "The air clear sweat, mosquitoes & their tracks; birds & elusive" mean? And why does Atwood use & signs instead of the actual word "and"?
In the second stanza, I don't understand the whole "In the hold with the baggage there are two prisoners, their heads shaved by bayonets, & ten crates of queasy chicks. Each spring there's a race of cripples, from the store to the church" part....
And lastly, in the third stanza, what does the hotel represent?
Thank you ^^
Posted on 31 December 2011 | 8:06 am
Resolved Question: Can anyone help me to
the question I need to answer is : with reference to the poem, discuss the poet's use of imagery to portray the aging process.
answer this question with quotes.
thank and please!
Posted on 25 April 2011 | 3:52 pm