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The poem “A Visit” by Margaret Atwood explores the topics of fulfilment, loss and dying. Atwood uses a variety of literary devices such as structure, imagery, diction and tone to convey the effects of illness and the idea that people should live life to the fullest. This leaves the reader feeling sorrowful and grateful. “A visit" is set in a room around modern day. In summary this poem is about a person, most likely Atwood visiting a sick old man, possibly a parent or spouse who has suffered a stroke and has dementia and schizophrenia. Throughout this poem the old man’s past is compared to his present. Some background knowledge on this poem to provide context. 2 years prior to the publication of this poem, Margaret Atwood’s father passed away due to dementia. This was probably Atwood’s motive for writing this poem as she was mourning her father’s passing and recollecting her memories of him. Atwood’s husband Graeme Gibson also died due to stroke and dementia fairly recently. The illnesses were similar to the old man in this poem. In “A Visit”, Atwood makes use of a tercet structure to illustrate the effects of illness. “A Visit” consists of 12 stanzas, each containing 3 lines making it a tercet. The use of tercets enforces brevity in this poem. The result is that each line is short and concise, making it easy to read and leaving room for the reader to fill in the blanks. This allows connections to be formed and makes the poem and theme more memorable to the reader. Another effect is that the pace of the poem

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