The City Planners

Reuben Veysey-Smith
Flashcards by Reuben Veysey-Smith, updated more than 1 year ago
Reuben Veysey-Smith
Created by Reuben Veysey-Smith over 6 years ago


GCSE English (Songs of ourselves) Flashcards on The City Planners , created by Reuben Veysey-Smith on 05/14/2015.

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Structure The fact the stanzas get the smaller each time could connote towards the environment being suppressed or the claustrophobia of urban life
Cruising these residential Sunday streets in dry August sunlight: what offends us is the sanities: Pathetic fallacy for perfection, ironic as they are separate things The fact everything is sane is insane
the houses in pedantic rows, the planted sanitary trees, assert levelness of surface like a rebuke to the dent in our car door. Visual imagery for boring mathematical precision Nature is suppressed and should not be sane Third line is a metaphor as the lack of individuality means it could be owned by somebody else
No shouting here, or shatter of glass; nothing more abrupt than the rational whine of a power mower cutting a straight swath in the discouraged grass. Could be connoting towards childish actions, which urban life prohibits Antithesis because sound can not be rational, desire to control Disencouraged is not a word showing rebellion
But though the driveways neatly sidestep hysteria by being even, the roofs all display the same slant of avoidance to the hot sky, certain things Repetition shows mathematical precision Symbol for the neglect of nature
the smell of spilled oil a faint sickness lingering in the garages, a splash of paint on brick surprising as a bruise, a plastic hose poised in a vicious coil; even the too-fixed stare of the wide windows Hose is a metaphor for the snake, a symbol for evil Personification for windows showing a slightly insane nature, antithesis to the first stanza
give momentary access to the landscape behind or under the future cracks in the plaster This connotes towards urban regeneration
when the houses, capsized, will slide obliquely into the clay seas, gradual as glaciers that right now nobody notices. This could be a symbol for nature striking back, hence the sea metaphor. Also the ship sinking in comparison with a gradual process is antithesis and could be rebellion. Or it could be a metaphor for urban regeneration
That is where the City Planners with the insane faces of political conspirators are scattered over unsurveyed territories, concealed from each other, each in his own private blizzard Symbol for trying to bend nature to our advantage unserveyed is not a word and rebellion line 4 could be a symbol for business competition and commercialization Private blizzard is pathetic fallacy for insanity and antithesis
guessing directions, they sketch transitory lines rigid as wooden borders on a wall in the white vanishing air tracing the panic of suburb order in a bland madness of snows. Could be a symbol fr business risk and the phrase 'time is money' The air lexis is a metaphor for pollution Juxtaposition of panic and order, pathos for the suburbs Bland madness is oxymoron and snow is pathetic fallacy for blandness
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