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The common characteristics between the two poems Progressive Insanities of a Pioneer and Further Arrivals by Margaret Atwood are that of the self-adaptation and self-awareness to nature When you think of Canadian Literature in the era of the new land it is not surprising that there are poems about surviving in nature about being uncivilized vs being civilized and about growing and developing These two poems are tied together with a number of key images ideas and thoughts Even though Further Arrivals is one of a collection of poems taken from Atwoods The Journals of Susan Moodie both poems are very similar in their subject matter the close inter-weaving and inter-twining Bilan 1978 of experiences with nature Atwood based events in this and the other poems in The Journals of Susanna Moodie 1970 on Mrs Moodies accounts of her life in Roughing It in the Bush 1852 and Life in the Clearings 1853 Stott Jones Bowes 2002 In a nut shell Susan Moodie moved here from the old land to the new land and has to adjust to the wilderness in order to survive and find some connection to nature where as the man tries his best to separate himself and refuses nature And if you look at the published date of Progressive Insanities of a Pioneer in 1968 and Further Arrivals in 1970 it gives a good implication of why these two poems share so many of the same characteristics and what Atwoods mind set was at that point in her life By understanding that Further Arrivals is a poem about Susanna Moodies journey to understand herself and her response to the land Bilan 1978 then we can start to see the struggles the realizations and the fears that Atwood wants us to see In the first stanza it talks about the journey to the new world After we had crossed the long illness that was the ocean Stott Jones
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