March 22, 2013
ENGL 222 – Canadian Literature
P. 108, 109
Need to be anonymous to beg (Beggar’s Garden)
Anonymity is glorious
o Experience that Peter is having turns into an extended metaphor
Music turns into a bird
Is this the lie of language that Peter’s father would consider?
Peter coming to his own writer-ly-ness
Is this how language interfaces with city life?
o Turning experiences into metaphor is part of our understanding
How do cities inspire our creativity and imagination?
How do our ideas of place inspire creativity and
o “…how rotten the house looks from the outside”
Constructing an understanding of home that’s independent from the way
Space place home?
o Place (thin), home (thick)?
Home takes on characteristics of thickness, depth
o Renovating the house and finding that the lumber has hardened
Place hardens us, thickens us?
Contrary: does place soften us somehow? Make us vulnerable?
Metaphor – what does it mean to harden us in place?
o “…city plows through family’s unity”
o Place is the bulldozer itself
o Family has a hard time resisting the influences of city
Possibly suggests that the city kills the mother in ways that their Mennonite
town would never
o City impacts in very visceral kinds of