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The Moment

Rating: 4.1

The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,

the cliffs fissure and collapse,
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Erica Lucero 24 February 2005

This is a beautiful poem about nature. The main theme of this poem is natures ownership. The first stanza talks about natures beauty and that humans own all of it. The second stanza changes all of this. Margaret Atwood uses personification and imagery to convey natures rejection to the fact that humans own nature. In the third stanza nature restates that humans indeed do not own nature and that humans belong to nature. Instead of the other way around. Natures ownership is a good question. I agree that nature owns us because why else must we return to the ground when we die?

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Brian Dorn 28 July 2006

Man must learn to simply appreciate nature for what it is, we can not own it or control it... rather, it controls us. A brilliant perspective.

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Dr Afaq Qureshi 19 April 2005

is it about the proprietary rights? the transition from 'house' to 'universe' and the defining period of time where the trees and air melt, and change to make the 'owner' realize about the inherent quality of change and stark reality of something more tangible, more permanent, the change itself. Can it be read in the perspective of human drama instead of mere imagery or wordplay. Maybe the person who wrote the lines didn't think of time but of timelessness. What then..

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mcebisi 18 October 2021

how many sentances in this poem tht are compound and that are simple

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SNEH 19 October 2021

Dude ????????, looking for your exam answers

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M Asim Nehal 19 March 2021

Yes, death wipes everything.

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Mohamed 06 July 2020

What is the name of the author of this web page? thx

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Mahtab Bangalee 22 August 2019

No, they whisper. You own nothing. You were a visitor, time after time.........../// beautiful poem penned

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Ravindra Kumar 02 February 2019

The poet has well explained worth of the moment in his output.

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Kit 05 January 2021

*her. This was written by Margaret Atwood

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