The caged up and not having a purpose

 The poem I read was A Work of Artifice. The poem begins with describing a bonsai tree as beautiful and being nurtured and protected from everything outside in the world and that it could grow immensely if it were free but could get struck down easily. In line two of A Work of Artifice, it says “Attractive pot” sarcasm is shown and in line three there is a hyperbole of the bonsai tree saying “Could have grown eighty feet tall” A Work of Artifice uses a lot of diction and imagery. Some examples of diction are “pruned” “crippled” and “attractive pot” The diction is somehow connected to gardening and the belittling of women. The imagery is mainly focused on the bonsai tree and how it’s not able to reach its full capacity. There’s a lot of gender stereotypes mentions in this poem like “bound feet” “small and cozy” and “crippled brains” This shows how women are thought inferior and not allowed to reach their full potential. This symbolizes a stereotype of women being only there to be pretty and completing housework. In the end of the poem, it has a balance of negative and positive connotations of describing a woman. In A Work of Artifice, there is no rhyme scheme which is ironic because of the lack of freedom in society. The structure is short and simple which highlights the repression of a woman.   This poem makes me feel caged up and not having a purpose in anything. My reason for this feeling is because, in the beginning, it feels like you are being protected too much that you can’t even grow and prosper. In line fourteen of the poem, it describes you being “Domestic” and “weak” Which then leads to the ending which prevents real thought. This is somewhat related to A Work of Artifice where some teens can sometimes feel confined when it comes to their parents being overprotective and it could prevent them from learning from their own mistakes. In conclusion A Work of Artifice is a poem mainly about women’s inferiority and rights in society back then.

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