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Poem Analysis -This poem features images taken from the Canadian landscape ie as crisp and as white as our snow strong as a jack pine young as a trillium the spirit of the mountains the spirit of the prairie The North as a deed and forever - He uses raw materials that seem to come from experience - His images are sharp very clearly defined His images are so clear and straightforward that they can be interpreted as almost anything A good explanation of this is in the poem Poetry for Intellectuals when the author says as follows If you say in a poem the grass is green They all ask What did you mean If you say in a poem grass is red They understand what you said Smiths work is like saying the grass is green a statement so simple and clear it seems almost too easy to analyze - Smith is specific about the landscape he describes ie The Canadian North as lonley unbuyable dear and the background to which he sets this is purposely undefined and fuzzy This is akin to a painter when the vocal point of the painting is very detailed while the background is fuzzy and blurred - He is very repetitive using as 22 times He also describes the landscape over and over again One could interpret this repetitive nature to represent raindrops falling - He is very tentative in his selection of images Almost as if he doesnt seem to be too sure of himself He claims he would take he uses as a lot instead of just stating the fact As clear and as cold instead of clear and cold This almost seems to imply that Smith is carefully avoiding using words whose symbolism may be easily misinterpreted He seems
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