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Analysis Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood creates a haunting and beautiful piece describing the experience a sad child goes through. She structures her poem by using five stanzas; two stanzas consisting of five lines, then one stanza with ten lines, and ending with two stanzas consisting of five lines. She uses simple yet powerful diction, tone, metaphors, similes, symbolism, and imagery to show the unknown speaker giving advice to a sad child. Her message/theme is sadness is a part of life and there are different ways to deal with it, but when death comes the thing that one is being sad about doesn’t matter. The speaker starts off in the first stanza talking about how sadness is intrinsic to a child's life; “ It’s psychic. It’s the age. It’s chemical.” The speaker then…show more content…
The speaker uses the simile “hug your sadness like an eyeless doll” to show that holding onto your sadness is like holding onto something pointless, like the “eyeless doll.” The second stanza is continuing the speaker telling the child ways to forget sadness in the same “what everyone says to do” tone by telling the child to “buy a hat. Buy a coat or pet. Take up dancing to forget.” The third stanza is filled with imagery; “your mouth sulky with sugar, in your new dress with the ribbon and the ice-cream smear, and said to yourself in the bathroom, I am not the favorite child.” This stanza paints the picture of a little girl, which is revealed by “new dress with the ribbon”,
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