Chainsaw vs Pampas Grass

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  • Chainsaw vs the Pampas Grass
    • Violence
      • 'Sledgehammer taken to crack the nut,' this metaphor highlights the unnecessary force used to destroy the grass, the fact that they are just destroying it for fun
      • Structure: The inconsistant structure with lots of cesuras emphasises the destruction of the chainsaw, making the poem uneven and fragmented providing confusion for the reader
      • While the chainsaw is an example of a modern, manmade weapon that is intended to do damage, the grass is an unlikely victor. The grass' weapons are 'twelve-foot spears,' a more medieval weapon. This is a fight between man vs nature, old vs new
      • Plosive sounds , which are hard and bitter create a sense of anger and aggression (e.g. “back to the socket and flicked the switch”).
    • Masculinity vs feminity
      • Feminine qualities
        • 'Ludicrous feathers' this mocking tone suggests resentment that the male narrator has for feminine qualities, as well as showing the beauty and star like quality of the grass
        • 'Taking the warmth and light,' shows the stereotype that women will go to great lengths to be the centre of attention, often imposing itself on others in order to direct their attention towards it.
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        • 'Sunning itself' - supports the stereotype that women are preoccupied with their appearance
      • Masculine qualities
        • 'Bloody desire' shows a destructive and violent masculine stereotype
        • 'Instant rage' portrays the excessive fury that men use when they are releasing pent up anger
        • 'It knocked back a quarter pint of engine oil,' this personification shows the inability to refuse a challenge and the stubbornness of man
        • 'The chainsaw seethed' this shows the sulking man refusing to accept his loss a long time after the event
    • Destruction of nature
      • The triumph of nature proves that nature seems like the unlikely winner, but is overall the most powerful
      • Destroying nature goes against the laws of the world, as represented in the oxymoron 'midday moon.' This suggests the destruction of the pampas grass, is an aberration from the natural order of things - because the moon is visible at midnight; or the moon looks weak and pale by daylight, the narrator's violence is made impotent by the regrowth of the pampas grass.
      • A hint of the strength of the pampas grass is in the last two lines, where the ‘pockets of dark, secret warmth’ are referred to. This is not only an ****** reference, but suggests reserves of toughness.
      • 'man made dreams,' the natural order is reaffirmed as the destruction of the chainsaw shows that nature is stronger than anything man can create


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