“The Planners” is a poem written by Boey Kim Cheng in Singapore. This poem portrays the total and utter soullessness of Singapore and it’s Capital. Boey Kim Cheng demonstrates this heartless modernization in his poem by using a constant perfect strait almost unnatural description of everything. The soullessness of Singapore is also portrayed in this poem by its perpetual effort to neglect and erase the past or any history of it, creating a facade of culture. This city is so synthetic that it’s not even considered part of nature. Boey Kim Cheng starts the poem with the mysterious “They”, implementing a higher power controlling everything as well as that he is not included in that group of planners. And in the end he says that not even art is acceptable.
The word “gridded” already by it self sounds cold since nothing natural is so uniform, strait or monotonous, it is all handmade. Even the alliterative language used “skies surrender”, with the sharp “Sss” sound at the beginning makes it sound pin point accurate, as if precisely planned. Nature is colorful and lively and random, it has a soul. Unlike the city that Boey Kim Cheng describes. “Gridded” Can also represent a box, or some confined space. Implying that creativity in confined, boxed in, since it doesn’t take much creativity to draw a box. Without creativity there is no soul, because a soul is what gives us each our unique ideas, which can’t be seen in this city. With all of them having the same idea of box after box they aren’t being unique, meaning they aren’t showing their soul, they are being soulless. The use of free verse clearly expresses the purpose of the poem that is to signify how the arrangement of something simply limits the beauty it possesses in its original form. Boey Kim Cheng lets his poem flow freely, showing his opposition to planning and how it compresses everything. Nature is free and wild so Boey made this poem free and wild by having irregular stanzas. The three irregular and unmatched stanzas also show the same opposition to identical and aligned buildings seen today. “They plan. They build…” there he excludes himself from that group of planners that build and destroy nature. He is not building. He is not destroying nature. He is not from that group of planners. Furthermore, there appear to be an obsession with perfection and uniformity, for “The buildings are in alignment with the roads which meet at desired points.” However there is no real passion or emotion for which they build, this is emphasized by the disconnected minor statement like sentences at the beginning, and the constant references to mathematics with words such as ‘gridded’, ‘permutations’, ‘points’. There is even praise and approval for mathematics mentioned here ‘the grace of mathematics’, in line six. (The lack of emotion is linked with mathematics due to the conception that numbers are cold and indifferent, in contrast with words).
Everything has some history even if just a year old but from the way that Boey Kim Cheng describes it “Erase the flaws, the blemishes of the past” Singapore does everything possible if not more to get rid of any past. Without a past or a heart to preserve it there can’t be a soul. Then comes the idea of a perpetual machine, what is made by the men today will be history to the next generation, but however it will get whipped out. “Dentistry”, ‘Anesthesia’, in such a stance, is to be numb to the rash developments. ‘Amnesia’ becomes a state of detachment to sentimentality and previous entities. And “hypnosis” is done to conform to new policies and developments. The Planners possess the resources, so that History is all set to turn over a new leaf. The population is forgetting everything about the past and how nature and culture has been saved up until now. The remnants of the past are suitably piled up one over the other. In the research to build a new civilization, nothing is spared. History is drilled right to its roots. The process marks the triumph of scientific advancement over cultural growth. This turns the objective of being perfect into an unachievable goal. If one is always trying to achieve something that can never be done, he has no soul since he is always just doing this one thing. He becomes kind of a machine, a robot. A soulless robot.“The sea draws back and the skies surrender.” can be viewed with a touch of irony implying that nature is afraid of human expansion, turning us into unnatural land conquering robots. Nature is afraid so it steps back so human can build cities.
Planning is seen as a way of shutting out nature, attempting to remove the uncertainty it brings, trying to keep everything predictable and surprise-less. The planners are someday going to be seen as robots trying to build more and more. Trying to dominate nature and common people by cities expansion. Now I know what did people mean by saying that robots were going to dominate the world.
Glory be to God for yummy things
For cupcakes of chocolate as a mountain;
For ice-creams all in stipple upon the glass;
chocolate; or strawberry;
banana split and nutela dessert - pancakes, cakes and waffles .
All things count. The cold ones, the warm ones, the middle ones ;
Whatever is circled, squared (who knows how?)
With chocolate chips, colourful chips; strawberries, blueberries; cirup, honey;
He fathers-forth whose desserts is past change: Praise Him
Animals are living things that we see in our everyday life yet we don´t seem to give them any importance. Very few people give them the respect they deserve. In the following essay, I´m going to prove there is power and violence in animals and humanity.
On the one hand, the poem deals with power and violence from animals. In the poem it says that pikes are “killers from the egg”, that is of course, violence from animals but animals are irrational and they have a surviving instinct. “Suddenly there were two, finally one”. That quotation is from stanza 5, line 4. A pike has eaten the other two to survive. The following is a line from stanza 2. It shows power from the pike. “Move, stunned by their own grandeur”. The pike is very elegant and is showing off while he moves “over a bed of emerald silhouette”. That second line in stanza 2 is a metaphor. Emerald is a very expensive stone which is green, like the pond where the pike rests. He is very elegant so he rests in a “bed of emerald”.
On the other hand the poet tries to explain that also there is power and violence from human being, men. In stanza 5, first line, it explains how people keep like a sport cope, fishes in a fishbowl. “Three we kept behind the glass”. What the writer tries to explain in that visual imagery is that human are rational beings. But if they are so, why are they intruders to fish life and keep those little souls in a box of glass? Violence from men also appear in the poem in stanza 10, line 1. “But silently cast and fished”. This explains the violence of human related to fish. Fish don´t have to be fished for a sport.
In conclusion, we can see that animals are not well treated as they must be. That is what the writer wants to explain in “Pike”
We are seeing this poem at Literature. Our teacher gave us an article to read and summarize.
The poem “Pike” from Ted Hunters is mostly based on an experience he lived when he was a child. It is placed in a pond, lake. In which he fished an enormous and frightening pike. In the poem he relives the experience and says his feelings as an adult.
But according to Ted. H, the poem could have a second meaning. The pond itself could be the man´s brain. The nice and peaceful part could be the conscious mind. And the deep part could be the unconscious mind where the monsters are.
This poem follows the pattern of Ted´s poems. His poems´s subjects tend to be fierce, as how he describes the pike. He describes it very fierce. The thrust of this poem is fear. Fear of the darken and horrifying deep part of the pond where the pike lives. And also his fear of the pike he fished, and how it looked at him.
The poem makes the reader feel like he is in the pond and seeing the pike, very lurid. And at the end of the poem, the writer tries to explain that he was such terrified that he was remembering the pike watching him. It was a moment but he was very afraid. In the poem the pike is very well described. He felt the same after that experience.