* Alliteration – “dental dexterity,” “gleaming gold”
* Groups of three – “They plan. The build. All spaces are gridded.”
* Allegory – represents a general idea about life – teaches a life lesson. E.g. how nature is neglected for technology or perfection. Stop focusing on being perfect, it doesn’t matter if you make mistakes it’s how you learn.
* Imagery – “even the sea draws back and the skies surrender.”
* Caesura – sudden pause or break - “They plan. They build. All spaces are gridded.”
* Oxymoron – “our past’s tomorrow”
* Repetition – The word “they” is used very frequently. I think it’s used to emphasize and, in a way, blame the “planners” for the dramatic change they’ve caused.
* Vivid language
* Writing is directed towards change and is emphasizing the negative part of change
* First stanza is overview and leads the reader into the genre and theme
* Second stanza goes into depth of the problem and there’s an angrier vibe to the poem
* Most important, and obvious, theme is change
* Man vs. Nature
* Man vs. Technology
* There’s also the idea of perfection and uniformity
* Also, there is anger present in some lines
* Everything is set up and there’s no room for mistakes. Mathematics is used therefore, everything is specific and right. There is no room for creativity.
* Roads are straight - buildings are straight everything is the same. Mathematics is holding them up, very reliable on modern day technology to insure everything is always perfect.
* Unstoppable machines – technology, no control.
* Greatest, unstoppable natural things are drawn back from such a huge project. Larger than the largest. Skyscrapers and land have taken over seas and skies. Seas draw back from fear and skies surrender in abandon.
* Getting rid of mistakes. Technological change because humans can’t erase mistakes but all these machines and construction machines can easily...