Margaret Atwood

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a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history; she is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor ...

Popular Poems
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A Sad Child

You're sad because you're sad.
It's psychic. It's the age. It's chemical.
Go see a shrink or take a pill,
or hug your sadness like an eyeless doll
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2.
The Moment

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,
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3.
You Fit Into Me

You fit into me
like a hook into an eye

a fish hook
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4.
Variations On The Word Love

This is a word we use to plug
holes with. It's the right size for those warm
blanks in speech, for those red heart-
shaped vacancies on the page that look nothing
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5.
Is/Not

Love is not a profession
genteel or otherwise

sex is not dentistry
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Popular Quotes
11 November 2014

Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself.

11 November 2014

If a stranger taps you on the ass and says, "How's the little lady today!" you will probably cringe. But if he's an American, he's only being friendly.

11 November 2014

I feel that the task of criticizing my poetry is best left to others (i.e. critics) and would much rather have it take place after I am dead. If at all.

11 November 2014

We yearned for the future. How did we learn it, that talent for insatiability?

11 November 2014

I've never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It's probably because they have forgotten their own.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 06 November 2020

Margaret Atwood is ranked #62 on top 500 poets on date 06 November 2020. His poems are really majestic and magical.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 23 October 2020

Margaret Atwood, who is ranked #96 on top 500 poets of the world on date 23 October 2020, is wonderful poetess of deep knowledge. Her poems reflect deep perception and philosophical aspects. Reading and reviewing her poems I feel very happy. More and more she has grown in hearts of people.

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Jessica 03 February 2021

Her book The Robber Bride opens on October 23rd. I remember because it is my birthday and I was tickled pink by it as a teen.

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filet 23 October 2020

This is a very special book-a book everyone should read-I am amazed how well written, dealing with the sensitive material, the Autism aspect teaches us so much about patience and listening to the animals and humans. Is this book in the schools?

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Mill.Blair 09 February 2020

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Onaj Harmon 01 September 2019

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Mahtab Bangalee 16 February 2019

Margaret Atwood I think one of the great poetess of the natural environment

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John Allan 05 January 2019

Anybody know the name of a poem by MA that has this line in it: “We are a dying symphony...” thanks John

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Milkah Waweru 02 February 2016

makes me fall in love with poetry every day

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Ed Baidya Baidya 18 December 2015

All of her work has helped me through the tough time of my childhood. I am now a better person and can overcome anything. #believetoachieve

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Wilfred Monteiro 17 February 2014

Margaret Atwood's styles so natural.... it flows from the heart to the ink of the pen and onto the paper surface (that's my attempt at poetry) It encourages wannabe poets like me... to take courage that poetry writing is not so complicated... a view Ms Atwood (a poet with a string of awards) endorses A BIG THANK YOU

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Indigo Hawkins 15 February 2008

She's great with the cleverness and craft, fresh rather than trite. Definitely one of my favs.

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Jill Paterson 16 January 2007

Atwood's poems reveal a raw sense of feminism and wit. She writes freely yet craftily addresses the issues she wishes to broadcast. I really love her cynicism and apparent indifference to appearances and norms. She's radical!

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Ramanan Piraisoody 21 November 2004

In the secular night, seems to be a cynnical poem addressing ones life. It is made apparent there is a sort of deterministic lifestyle, presented to humans 'you took..you say..you start..' almost makes the reader feel as though he has no choice or power over his own actions. Also, the reader feels as though hes all alone, yet since he really has no power over his own actions, his seclusion is inevitable. The poem is a story of life, from start to end and the continuity of life. It starts with the 'secular' which could mean 'from century to century', and ends with the century grinds on... implying an on going cycles of centuries. 'The sensed absence of God and the sensed presence, amount to much the same thing' this poem also addresses Gods role in life, once a person believes he has no power over his own actions, the existence of God is irrelevant. Overall the poem in the secular night, is about life, its assumed ownership over the person, and his inability to do anything about it.

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Jon Eubank 27 October 2003

great poem! ¿

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