Essay The Planners and The City Planners by Luli Giambruni

This is the correction/final version of an essay we had to do about the poems The Planners and The City Planners.

“The City Planners” by Atwood and “The City Planners by B. K. Cheng share ideas about man and nature. How far do you agree?

I fully agree with this statement. Both poems “The planners” and “The City Planners” share ideas on how industrialization doesn’t give any benefits, and how man-made actions will damage the future and change the past.

Firstly, the poem “The city planners” expresses negative feelings about modernization and how the human race has become so used to perfection through industrialization, that even nature has been reformed. Furthermore, the “Planners” create everything in such ways, that there are no flaws. In the poem, the writer explains how throughout these changes in society, Man has lost all contact with nature. In addition, this poem also tells us how everything has been made with such perfection, which has become utterly boring but, anyway it may look as if everything was perfect, modern life has become empty inside. The poem describes how the city disappears. “when the houses, capsized, will slide obliquely into the clay seas, gradual as glaciers that right now nobody notices”. In here, the writer uses a similie to explain to the readers how the city and perfection will gradually “melt” without anybody noticing it, because nothing in the city is ever permanent.

Moreover, the poem “The Planners” also shows and expresses the atrocious sides of industrialization in a different way. In here, the writer explains to the readers, how important it is to maintain a city culture and history and how without it, a city loses all her importance and beauty. “The Planners” build every with precise uniformity and have no flaws. Everything is boxed in with no gaps in between . These actions have future consequences. Nature has become afraid of man kind. We are destroying it, just like we are destroying our culture and history, and leaving no traces of it. “the planners” build everything, in such ways that we aren’t aware of what is happening. “ They erase flaws, the blemishes of the past, knock off useless blocks with dental dexterity.” They have clear imageries of presicion. “ The country wears perfect rows of shining teeth.” or “Even the sea draws back and the skies surrender.” They are eliminating nature too. As the pilling continues, culture and history disappear. The writer tries to make the reader imagine the “perfect rows”, “blocks” throughout the detailed description.

In conclusion,  I believe both poems share ideas about man and nature, both in different ways. Both believe man made actions will trigger future consequences towards nature and modify history.

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