Analysis of a Poem: "Maps" Poem Review by Top Papers

Analysis of a Poem: "Maps"
A look at Alice Major's poem "Maps" and its social commentary on contemporary Canada.
# 133707 | 1,000 words | 4 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Literature (Poetry) , Literature (Canadian) , Canadian Studies (General)


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The paper looks at Alice Major's "Maps" and how this brief poem captures some fascinating items about Canada and about Canadian society as it presently stands. Specifically, the poem's focus upon the evolution of cartography in this country over time and its use of vivid imagery focusing upon the evolution of an embryonic child touches upon two things: the controversial phenomenon of Canada being "discovered" by Caucasian usurpers arriving from abroad, and the fact that Canada is a nation wherein the social compass has shifted dramatically in recent decades, with the contemporary Canadian public - now more so than ever before - changing its stance relative to previous generations vis-a-vis provocative (if not seismic) social issues such as abortion. Finally, the paper discusses how the image of a child is meaningful because Canada is still, in too many ways, a child on the world stage - and still acutely vulnerable to the caprices of others. The paper shows how the afore-cited poem is replete with social commentary that percolates just beneath the surface.

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"The following paper will look at Alice Major's "Maps" and at how this brief poem captures some fascinating items about Canada and about Canadian society as it presently stands. Specifically, the poem's focus upon the evolution of cartography in this country over time and its use of vivid imagery focusing upon the evolution of an embryonic child touches upon two things: the controversial phenomenon of Canada being "discovered" by Caucasian usurpers arriving from abroad, and the fact that Canada is a nation wherein the social compass has shifted dramatically in recent decades, with the contemporary Canadian public - now more so than ever..."

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