Atwood poems 2 - Test with an Echo Chamber”. She...

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Alex Yang Mr. Bane English IB HL 1 25 May 2010 “First Neighbours” Atwood’s poem “First Neighbor” is spoken through the eyes of an explorer, or even possibly a colonist who has just reached a new frontier. Their audience are individuals who have experienced being different in a new environment. The speaker is fearful in the new land for he recognizes how he is different from everyone else. The title is a symbol that serves to illustrate that “first neighbours” always have difficulties adjusting to new neighborhoods and are always seen differently which is quite similar to the speaker’s current situation. The poem illustrates his inferiority in the eyes of others through diction such as “inept remarks” and “futile and spastic gestures”. Also, harsh remarks such as “Go back where you came from” further proves the intolerance that Atwood attempts to remark about society, Alex Yang Mr. Bane English IB HL 1 25 May 2010 “Heart Test with an Echo Chamber” Margaret Atwood speaks through the perception of a surgical patient in her poem “Heart
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Unformatted text preview: Test with an Echo Chamber”. She addresses those who wish to learn of her and thus she shares this common interest with the audience of wanting to reveal her true nature to those who wish to learn of it. The poem is a metaphor for her self-examination of herself, almost in an autobiographical manner. She reveals that the outside of her heart is easy to judge, her “heart as television”. Atwood progresses to examine her cross sectioned heart, a more detailed inside look of who she is. It is through the use of diction such as “translucent”, “visibly”, and “diaphanous” that reveal how transparent one can be if they choose to look within their own heart and learn about themselves. However she reveals in her final stanza that “the rest of the world, which thinks it is opaque and hard”. This is a commentary toward how the majority of society does not look past the exterior of one another, solely judging through actions such as watching television....
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