The Planners - Boey Kim Cheng - Poetry Analysis

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  • Created on: 15-05-15 19:10
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  • The Planners
    • structure
      • 3 stanzas
        • unequal length
          • 14 verses
          • 9 verses
          • 4 verses
      • no rhyme scheme
      • irregular structure
        • reflects disliking of order and perfectionist world
    • Stanza 1
      • "grace" of mathematics
        • beauty and divine power
          • mathematics replaces beauty
      • short sentences to the point
        • describing planners as "they"
          • creates distance between poet, reader, and planners
        • showing how their plans are unoriginal
        • describes the power of the planners as they do what they want and no one can do anything about it
          • also powerful as they are a group
            • cannot be defeated as the enemy is unknown and too powerful
              • even nature has given up
            • "they build and will not stop"
              • cannot be defeated as the enemy is unknown and too powerful
                • even nature has given up
          • "all spaces are gridded"
            • they control everywhere
              • they are even present in poetry
            • "gridded" shows a tightly planned area with geometric units
              • strictly logical
              • no art
                • strictly logical
    • stanza 2
      • "they erase the flaws,the blemishes of the past"
        • poet shows the flaws give the town its character
      • poet criticizes removal of the past
        • she believes people should remember their past
          • they might forget the past of their town
        • rewrite history
        • "they have" shows that what they did is done, and can't be changed
        • "drilling goes right through"
          • they destroy history without caring about the past
      • planners are compared to dentists
        • many people dislike dentists
        • not a form of praise
        • "gleaming gold"
          • fake gold
        • "perfect rows of shining teeth"
          • Boring uniform
        • anaesthesia, hypnosis etc
          • showing that planners are in full control
          • also affects memory
            • poet criticizes removal of the past
              • she believes people should remember their past
                • they might forget the past of their town
              • rewrite history
              • "they have" shows that what they did is done, and can't be changed
              • "drilling goes right through"
                • they destroy history without caring about the past
        • drilling, when they destroy old buildings
      • "it will not hurt"
        • to show the planners' trying not to let anyone feel pain
          • unnatural
    • Stanza 3
      • heart represents love
      • bleeding represents pain
        • rebelling by feeling pain
          • heart represents love
          • cannot be inspired by an unoriginal place
      • poetry is inspiration
        • rebelling by feeling pain
          • cannot be inspired by an unoriginal place
      • past's tomorrow
        • the present
    • Boey Kim Cheng
      • born 1965 in Singapore
        • Singapore has a lot of infrastructure and industry
      • still alive (2015)

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