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Fear of the Landscape  by Ian Young. What is the meaning or the thought of this poem;...

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law222 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Honors

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Fear of the Landscape  by Ian Young. What is the meaning or the thought of this poem; paraphrase and line by line thought by thought?

On a hot morning

walking through rough thicket,

bushes and rocks

close to the bluffs

I was uneasy and clung to things.

The sound of a cricket

or the calls of birds were shrill

lesions in the quiet air

around me, sweltering and still.

The leaves hung from the trees

dangling on thin stems.

 

I am walking quickly and the land

stops. The ground

drops to a beach of stones

where a silent boat leans at the shore

into a sandy mound,

its stiff poled oars

outstretched.

The lake gulls circling it

cry out in the heat.

The sound of dry breath clings to me.

I hear the sun's core burn.

Have I been too long in cities

that I have such fear

of the landscape?

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