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The Planned Event The Importance of Tone Examining a poem in detail can bring out new meanings and ideas Through careful analysis the true meaning of a poem can be revealed Sharon Olds poem The Planned Child 824 is an example of interpretation and meaning becoming more evident after analysis In the poem the speakers attitude changes from animosity to uncertainty then to appreciation The poet illustrates these attitude changes through use of description and diction In the first stanza Olds vividly animates the speakers disgust of being a planned child The speaker finds her conception an unemotional insignificant event She had taken a cardboard out of his shirt from the laundry lines 1 and 2 and made a chart of the month and put her temperature on it rising and falling to know the day to make me lines 4-6 The speaker is dissatisfied with her planned conception She states I hated the fact that they had planned me line 1 -I would have liked to have been conceived in heat in haste by mistake in love in sex not on cardboard the little x on the rising line lines 6-9 The words hated line 1 cardboard line 2 and 9 and little x line 9 depicts how the author presents an attitude of disgust with diction in the first stanza The start of the second stanza displays the speakers attitude of uncertainty through an ordinary event As the speakers friend is pouring wine line 11 her friend makes a statement you seem to have been a child who had been wanted line 12 that starts the speaker to reevaluate her position on her conception and birth I took the wine against my lips as if my mouth were moving along that valved wall in my mothers body Lines 13-15 also descriptively illustrates that the hatred the speaker holds against her way of conception and birth is
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