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Please provide an analysis of Maragaret Atwood's The Journals of Susanna Moodie.

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In The Journals of Susanna Moodie (1970), Margaret Atwood attempts to engage with the experience of the Canadian landscape as a defining characteristic of the Canadian imagination. She does this through recreating in verse the experiences detailed in Susanna Strickland Moodie's (1852) Roughing it in the Bush, a series of sketches about life in the Canadian wilderness. The poems of the sequence are, according to Atwood, as series of interconnected reflections emphasizing the relationship of the Canadian to the experience of nature, a topic she has, in her criticism, argued is the center of Canadian literature and sensibility. They often reflect a series of thematic oppositions of light/dark, order/disorder, civilization/wilderness, intellect/emotions.

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