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The poetry of Archibald Lampman and Bliss Carman while having some similar themes have remarkably different styles Both poets have written numerous poems dealing with nature landscape and the comparison between these ideas and the city In The City on the End of Things Lampman deals with his vision of industrialization within the city a city of nightmarish realism In Twilight in Eden Carman also deals with a vision of civilization how industrialization has changed society However the language and approach used by these two poets are strikingly disparate Lampmans The City on the End of Things is a vision of an apocalyptic city that is very otherworldly The reader is never given a clear view of the city emphasizing its dreamlike quality The author speaks of murky streets and stalking shadow as well as towers have grown None knoweth how high He does not appear to be anxious to let the reader develop an explicit visual perception of this city The soundscape of Lampmans imaginary city is however quite vivid He uses numerous words to suggest a constant cacophony of sounds that if experienced would assault the readers ears Words and phrases such as roaring crashes inhuman music beat and thunder create for the reader an overpowering sense of noise and activity However all of these noises are not of human making they are distinctly mechanical in nature suggesting to the reader that the city has become something other than a human dwelling place The author speaks of the clanking hands of figures that are not flesh and see not with the human eye The reader develops the impression that industrialization has driven out every human quality that once resided in this city Eventually the city is deserted except for the idiot at the gate The message is clear industrialization is the bane of civilization and will eventually lead to its destruction This was a timely message for the audience in Lampmans generation
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