Essay about Morning in the Burned House

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Morning in the Burned House Margaret Atwood “Bare child’s feet on the scorched floorboards (I can almost see) In my burning clothes, the thin green shorts And grubby yellow T-shirt Holding my cindery, non-existent, Radiant flesh. Incandescent.” Morning in the Burned House by Margaret Atwood is a poem describing the mind of a burned house and of how it is tormented by pain and evil; and yet, in the midst of this darkness, there is light to guide the soul of the house to safety and into a world of peace and forgiveness. The two stanzas chosen for this analysis are the final two stanzas, in which pain and peace are both shown in different perspectives. “Bare child’s feet on the scorched floorboards” is metaphorically showing…show more content…
The house is attempting to show its happiness and get over the pain of being burnt and left behind, and yet, in its “protective shell” there are cracks that grow into crevices over time. “Holding my cindery, non-existent, radiant flesh” The house’s soul is explaining how these bright colors, though just the outer layer of this house, it holds the real “house” together, just like the other parts of the house mentioned in the poem such as the spoon, the dishes, and the kettle hold the house together, to keep the house’s mind from collapse and defeat. The flesh is radiant means the core of the house; the “mind” of the house is still safe, still pure and unsoiled by evil. “Incandescent” This final word of the poem summarizes the whole poem into one word. This one word describes all the positive thoughts, hopes, memories, and wishes of this devastated house, how even at the worst moments and after the tragedy, there is still something good within the house. It represents the goodness of this house, and what it has learned from suffering. But, the word incandescent also represents evil and suffering, because the fire that ruined this house was bright and hot. The fire showed all what pain had done to this house, showed its true feelings. Therefore, incandescent is what completes this poem; it shows both sides of the house’s mind and soul, how it is tortured, and yet, it is still protected by hope. Without incandescence, there would be no fire, and without

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