English 1022E Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Susanna Moodie, Enjambment

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Atwood is putting a contemporary lens on her poems. Poem written about the death of someone close to you/someone famous. Write about the death, a sense of melancholy leading to some sort of mourning, and finally some kind of comfort is achieved through contemplation of some idea/possibly coming to terms with the death. The speaker doesn"t feel at home but could not touch to claim . Poem takes place near a logging company trees in the swollen water . We have all been in the water, but not all remember because some die (cid:2) Heart pumps blood all through the body. You live with the horror of that loss, you cannot see the world being any better. Grief: moving on, ethical debt that we feel to that person: want to remember them. Must pay the debt in order to move on. The world keeps going melancholy, she can feel nothing. Made this another line to actually make our eyes jump.

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