Poets often use unusual images that force us to think in new ways about familiar things

Poets often use unusual images that force us to think in new ways about familiar things. In the poem “The Planner” the author writes, “… The blemishes of the past, knock off useless blocks with dental dexterity. “ The phrase “ dental dexterity” gives us an impression of the houses on the street are the “rotten teeth” that need to be pulled out and replace by a new teeth. The old houses are no longer useful or efficient or nice looking than the new houses. After the road is “cured” from it’s “rotten teeth”, the country “wears perfect rows of shining teeth”. The author used all the “teeth” imagery, to force us to think about the environment that we are living in now. With the new house, we are might have more comfortable life than living in the old house. With the new houses, we might have an air condition that we didn’t have before. To have all these things that we desire, we have to destroy the entire thing we had before, we have to give up the things we used to own. So we decided to “ Anesthesia, amnesia, and hypnosis”. To forget, to be numb, to convince ourselves, that our decision is right. So the author uses all the “teeth” imagery to make us think about the familiar things that we see everyday. I think the poet is trying to say that we are devastating the evidence people having been living here. Eventually, one day, the evidence of existence for ourselves would be destroyed by the next generation, “our past’s tomorrow”.
For “ Summer Farm”, Norman MacCaig writes “ This grasshopper… Unfolds his legs and finds himself in space”. Why don’t the writer just write “the grasshopper jumped”? You can see grasshopper anywhere, and they jump as normal. Jumping, to a grasshopper, is an ordinary thing to do. Refer to us, we are doing the “ordinary” things everyday, the things we are suppose to do. The grasshopper is doing the thing it is “ suppose” to do, too. But sometimes, we realize and ask ourselves that “why are we doing that”, and we found ourselves ”in the space”. The author is trying to convey that when we are doing the routines, if se stop and think about it, we sometime, would be confused. We found ourselves in space, that we don’t know why are we doing those entire thing for, and why are we doing that?

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