“Around 350 BC, Plato wrote about a beautiful island in the Atlantic Ocean that went under the ocean waves in one day and one night”. “Atlantis – A Lost Sonnet” by Eavan Boland does not follow from head to toe the standards of a sonnet, being able to identify it by the length of 14 lines and its GG rhyme scheme at the end. This poem is able to move from a question about Atlantis to a memory of the author and finally to the overall meaning about memories. Boland is able to create a close and personal atmosphere throughout this sonnet through a first person narrator, the use of word choice and rhetorical questions. It is the type of narrator in a poem that helps the reader identify itself with. In this case, “Atlantis” is written in first person, meaning that the reader relates to the character`s personal thoughts and feelings. At the beginning of the poem she emphasizes the word “I” in relation to her thoughts about the myth of the missing city, “How on earth did it happen, I used to wonder”(1). In this way making the reader enter and try to understand the authors view on this surreal event. While at the centre she changes the use of the word “I” to describe her feeling, “I miss our old city — … you and I meeting”(7-8). Explaining a major change in the meaning of the poem since she is no longer talking about Atlantis but if not on her past love, someone she misses. Being able to compare them both since their overall meaning of lost and disappeared forever is the same.
Moreover, Boland chooses to further on explain the meaning in her poem based on the simple word choice that compares both scenarios. Straightforward words like under, missed and drowned are used in this poem because of their double meaning:” one fine day gone under? (4) … Surely a great city must have been missed? (6) ... gave their sorrow a name and drowned it.” (14). At the end we see how this words flow perfectly with both ideas. Given that Atlantis is recognized as a city that drowned and...
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