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Analysis Of Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front By Wendell Berry

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What is more valuable; your future life or immediate gratification? The poet, Wendell Berry delves into this idea with his extensive poem “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front.” Berry encourages the reader to put thought into our everyday actions that may affect the future generation. The narrator orders people to “[i]nvest in the millennium” (24) because it is only what lasts that counts. The narrator also speaks of how humans have become slaves to the immediate. This slavery controls life so much that it blinds people from seeing “the questions that have no answers” (23). The speaker warns the reader that because of obsession to gratification in that instant that, “[p]lant[ing] sequoias” (24) would be going against the grain because
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