Analysis Of The Poem ' August ' By Margaret Atwood Essay

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For the duration of the winter months, people tend to develop habits specific the season. They make attempts to hide themselves under their thick covers in the icy mornings to avoid having to leave them behind. They put on a few, or perhaps more than a few, pounds to insulate their cold bones. Bitter or melancholy moods set in to reflect the weather. In Margaret Atwood’s poem, “February”, she makes use of similes and metaphors to compare humans to animals in order to emphasize her gloomy, apathetic tone in her discussion of human survival during the winter months.
Immediately as the poem begins, the speaker exposes the tone. As the narrator awakens on a February morning, it is evident that her feelings toward winter are far from cheerful. In the first two lines she states, “Winter. Time to eat fat / and watch hockey.” Right off the bat the tone of the poem becomes negative. While some may find watching hockey to be a pleasant, fun pastime, the speaker phrases it in a distinctly apathetic manner through her use of a short, choppy sentence. This implies that this action is simply part of a routine and she feels indifferent towards it. When she mentions eating “fat”, this means that her eating habits have become unhealthy, mirroring her attitude.
To further her development of tone, the speaker refers to the mornings as “pewter”, discussing the bluish, silvery-grey of the sky. This description helps to set the gloom for the remainder of the poem. This is not the type of weather…

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