Bored - Father

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Bored - Father


There is a phrase that people here time and time again, but don’t truly understand the
meaning of it until the phrase can be applied to their own lives. “You don’t realize what
you have until it’s gone.” Atwood’s poem is a direct reflection of this quote. Her poem
“Bored” talks about how she hated the repetitiveness of her daily events with her father.
But it was only until he had passed on was it that she truly did realize how much she
missed those daily events. Sometimes people don’t understand how important others mean to
them until it is too late.


I found the poem “Bored” to be very well written and very touching. Atwood did a good job
of describing how easy it is to overlook some of the better things in life. This poem
revolved around repetition. And it was the repetition that makes the reader aware of the
love that Margaret has for her father. Her poem starts with “All those times I was bored
out of my mind. Holding the log while he sawed it. Holding the string while he measured,
boards, distances between things, or pounded stakes into the ground for rows and rows of
lettuces and beets, which I then (bored) weeded”(588). Atwood is obviously conveying to
the reader that the time she spent with her father wasn’t what she considered of much
importance and actually disliked it. This is because she only saw it as work and as a
constant hardship of recurrence on herself. She never comprehended that these days with
her father were the better days of her life, and she only wishes she could have them back.
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