Margaret Atwood's Poetry
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Margaret Atwood - 'The City Planners' - Annotation
Annotation prompts for Margaret Atwood’s ‘The City Planners’.
‘The City Planners’ is a criticism of uniform structure and conformity. “Planners” are people who make plans for development. Margaret Atwood (18.11.1939) is a Canadian poet and novelist. She spent her childhood in the backwoods of northern Quebec as well as in Ottowa and Toronto. She is known for writing speculative fiction / social science fiction. Atwood is a supporter of the Green Party of Canada and has strong views on environmental issues.
As poem progresses, stanzas decrease in length. What effect does this create? Does it imply claustrophobia created by this environment or one’s repression within it? Or the speed and size of redevelopment?
The annotation prompts are a supportive tool, intended to encourage further analysis and interpretation.