What are the themes in the poem The Planners?

What are the themes in the poem The Planners?

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  1. “The Planners” presents a bleak view of modernization. The poem’s title ceaselessly builds up an unnamed country (likely inspired by Boey’s native Singapore) with mathematical precision, eliminating all marks of human imperfection in the process.

    Though these designs are technically “perfect,” the speaker finds such rigid conformity disturbing; in the process of making everything sleeker and more efficient, these planners have effectively erased the country’s past and, with it, the inhabitants’ sense of who they are. The cost of all these gleaming skyscrapers and hanging bridges, the poem implies, is the country’s very soul.

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