Essay about A Sad Child By Margaret Attwood

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In the poem “A Sad Child,” Margaret Attwood, the author, uses diction, organization and figurative language to get the theme to the reader. By using these literary elements, the reader is more able to understand the poem, and because of that, is more able to understand the theme, that you should not just focus on your own sadness, because everyone is sad, but you should also learn to cope with being sad. Margaret Attwood uses diction to bring out the theme in her poem “A Sad Child.” In the first stanza of the poem, she uses words like “sad,” “psychic,” “chemical,” “shrink,” “pill,” “eyeless doll,” and “sleep” (Attwood, lines 1-5). These words are all words with negative connotation, and are also words that describe ways that people can deal with sorrow and despair. These methods of coping, however, are often seen as more negative by many people. In the subsequent stanza, Attwood goes on to use words like “blessings,” and “dancing” (Attwood, line 6 and 10). She also says “…buy a hat. Buy a coat or pet.” (Attwood, lines 7-8). These words detail more ways of handling sadness, but they are generally seen as more positive ways of doing so. They have a positive connotation, which adds to the point that there are both positive and negative ways of coping with sadness. The author chose to use simple, short words with no more than two or three syllables to emphasize the point that it seems to be written for a child. Attwood provides many examples of coping methods because again, it…

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