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Analysis Of Bound By Ingrid Anderson

Bound by Ingrid Anderson is a self reflection poem about the poet's destiny. The short two stanza poem shows that human destiny in life is a thing to gratefully embrace than struggle against and end up with "bruising hands, twist by twist" (line 6) believes that the poem is metaphorical. The poet's life and existence are compared to a bind pulled by two opposing forces; where the poet's naivety makes her struggle in stanza 1 only to suffer the pain of battling fate to later surrender to the tension (the forces pulling her side-by-side) because they are "unthinkable/ irresistible/ inevitable".

There are poetic terms like imagery "white-knuckled" repetition "this life, this self, this now"when personification "the ropes pulling free", etc.
The poem is a free verse and a simple descriptive poem with a tone of confession, confessing how the poet's experiences have been.

There are few themes to note in the poem: The first being that human has little or no choice against fate. The second being that immortal forces always beat the mortal. The third being that struggle against fate brings pain

According a wikipedia article, "the poet Ingrid Andersen was born in the year 1965 in South African. Andersen lived in Johannesburg most of her life, worked in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape
for five years and relocated to the
KwaZulu-Natal Midlands in 2007.

She worked as a theatre publicist in
the 1980s, the days of political protest theatre, at the Market Theatre and PACT, amongst others.


Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)

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