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Department
English
Course
ENGL 1F95
Professor
Neta Gordon
Semester
Fall

Description
Critical analysis of the use of a persona in Atwoods Death of a Young Son by Drowning Though Death of a Young Son by Drowning is technically a lyric poem Atwood has created a distinct persona as the speaker so that the description of a sons death must be read against a sense of Susanna Moodies role as a writer of th19 century Canadian immigrant literature As I will argue Atwoods construction of this persona diminishes the sense that the poem is a meditation on death despite the clear description of the sons drowning in a river used to transport logs Rather Atwoods use of a historical literary persona together with the sheer number of literary figures used in the poem to describe for example the sons birth death and burial ultimately provide a meditation on the development of sense of national identity both for the character of Moodie and for the contemporary Canadian writer
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