Analysis of Chainsaw Versus the Pampas Grass by Simon Armitage

Hello Reader this is a quick Analysis of Chainsaw Versus the Pampas Grass by Simon Armitage. The poems one that's full of personification that might create a sense of identity between the chainsaw and the man-made or artificial in contrast to the pampas grass which could be seen to symbolize nature.

The personification takes many forms and covers almost the entire poem which might suggest that certain Chainsaw being presented as violent reckless aggressive depending on the nature of the particular piece of personification.

We just have a look at a few of them, first of all, we've got very early on "knocked back a quarter of a pint of engine oil". It's difficult to avoid the association with drinking alcohol and the kind of violence and Duke's courage that might be associated with that.

And it's almost as if the chainsaws gender did say it's masculine in its approach and that's something that runs through in the kind of violent and dangerous representations that follow.

It's described as lashing out that kind of violence that doesn't seem to be checked and doesn't seem to be carefully directed. And one of the really interesting ones I think is its "sweet tooth" that's the holographic pun on the word - because you have a literal tooth of a chainsaw itself. And then you have obviously the tooth further the human in this case that's described as a sweet tooth which is a phrase that we tend to use to describe them some when liking to eat you know sweets. And things along those lines servant can come out a sense of greed and excess, in this case,e it's a greed for destruction and violence in particular a greed for destroy and it's also specifically about to destroying the skin of a human being it actually bounces back.

There's an alliterative user fricatives in what follows which could be suggesting that it's an overwhelmingly powerful and swift wave.

"It's mood to tangle with cloth or jewelry or hair" which is particularly disturbing because the person doesn't like a sense of the indiscriminate of our power that's supplied by the chainsaw. It's almost as if it wants to attack anything or everything.

Now huge contrast to this is the Pampas Grass itself which is described as passive and calm. It's soothing itself and the crema morphism that's used it's put stools cushions conveys soft it conveys a sense in which this is something that's gentle and passive in huge contrast to the chainsaw.

Simon Armitage says that what's happening here is overkill that hollow plastic sentence tracing a real sense of finality. You know there is no comparison between the chainsaw and the pampas grass.

Towards the end of the poem, however, the pampas grass is personified and having doing all encounter the pampas grass. The chainsaws return to the garage but the pampas grass after a short period of time is riding high in its saddle wearing a new crown does this language that's associated with royalty.


It's it dominates it is superior it has the high status and high both in a literal sense in the term it's written that was not to a high point and high in terms of its status relative to the chainsaw. And that certain crown could be a reference of course to do the kind of feathered forage of the pampas grass itself.

Finally been a sense that so the pampas grass hasn't just come back but it's come back in abundance. We have the description "Corn in Egypt" that metaphor alluding to the way in which I suppose in the Roman period. Egypt was the breadbasket of the Roman Empire the large majority of the coal that was produced to biederman Empire came from the banks of the River Nile. And so you have this sense of you know a huge amount of vegetation being produced it's almost mocking the efforts of the chainsaw.


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