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Clare HelwigHelwig 1 Mrs. Gendreau 1st period 4 September 2020 AP Lit. Poetry Prompt One In P.K. Page’s poem, “The Landlady”, from 1943, she really brings to light how landladies were, both in the 1940s, but also with a suggestion of before the time this poem was written. Using literary devices, Page gives a perfect illustration as to what this landlady’s demeanor is, both to her tenants, and in private. Using metaphors, imagery, and personification, she rounds out this unnamed character with little to no doubt about her personality. When the poem opens, Page immediately starts off with a powerful metaphor, “impersonal as trains.” This already gives the reader the idea of how the boarders behave around their landlady, especially when they first arrive. The landlady knows nothing about these people who she is allowing to stay at her boarding house, so she is going to do everything she can to find out more about them. She later is described, “Like pads on a patient landing a pulse,” which is to say in

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Term
Spring
Professor
HeatherSmith
Tags
Literature, Rental agreement, As Time Goes By, Casablanca, P K Page

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