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Inner journeys involve the exploration of the self as individuals review their growth and development in the light of experiences which challenge and inspire them The inner journey has the power to challenge an individuals thinking They provide new insights and understanding of the world and themselves Margaret Atwoods poem Journey to the Interior explores the dangers of an inner journey the individual becomes enlightened as to her own psyche compares the obstacles that face the traveller by relating the inner psyche with a physical map Atwood charts her journey using a running metaphor of a dotted line on a map which establishes the comparison of a physical landscape with the metaphysical mindscape In Stanza 1 we realise that inner travel can be dangerous illustrated by imagery of the cliff while the net of air image hints at the uncertainty of travel into the psyche Furthermore this journey is difficult and uncharted shown by the metaphor indicating a lack of reliable charts The listing of the debris of daily existences such as shoes and a paring knife symbolise the obstacles in the voyage of day to day life which confuse Atwoods line of thought This confusion is also reflected by the non linear layout of the poem Atwood has travelled into her psyche causing her to realise the darkness in her own mind This proves too dangerous and she retreats from further exploration with the pun I must keep my head and not go so far as to become insane like others Vittorio Serenis A Dream is another poetic journey where one encounters inner obstacles in the form of guilt but in this case the traveller is unable to prevail is unable to progress develop Sereni takes an emotional journey into his past memory but his guilt over his apathy to the dictatorship of Mussolini bars his progression Sereni establishes the dream-like disjointed nature of the journey through the use of free verse
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