You Fit Into Me Poem by Margaret Atwood

You Fit Into Me

Rating: 4.1

You fit into me
like a hook into an eye

a fish hook
an open eye

Jordan G 20 June 2006

This poem is an excellent example of enjambment: One would think that this small sample would be a typical love poem, but there is a better description-tragedy. The first two optomistic lines provide a visual metaphor for the companionship of two lovers: Hook-in-eye is the link between two sides of a shirt... or skirt... or pair of pants.... (or so one would think) . But, Atwood is speaking litterally about this metaphor... She REALLY means a fishing hook being stuck into someone's eyeball! Come on, who doesn't want to say that to their ex-boyfriend? ?

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anonymous reader 04 December 2018

I agree with your interpretation of the poem, but, for the sake of accuracy, I need to correct your identification of rhetorical devices: there is no enjambment in this poem. The repetition of the same words at the beginning of a verse is called anaphora and that's what happens here. As for the double meaning that's used to serve the punchline in the second couplet, that's another figure of repetition called antanaclasis.

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Sarah Sterner 06 January 2007

one of my favorites, simple and well put a perfect description of the duality of love

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Unnamed Unnamed 14 September 2015

Duality? Seems to be all bad, in Atwood's eyes. Nothing pleasant about a fish hook in an open eye, haha.

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Shug 27 August 2021

Some of these comments proves shallow minded people..

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Shug 27 August 2021

To is sin for sin will lead u into temptations that will leave u empty fish hook in the eye.. Want it taste it lead to pain. Distrust. Shame.

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M.R.R. Larlee 21 December 2020

I really liked the poem very succinct and definitive. It doesn't leave much room for interpretation. Makes me think of The Handmaids Tale.

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Richard Ponsonby 19 April 2020

Here she goes again, unable to enjoy normal sexual relations, everything between men and women is a rape which must be overcome

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Highiqmoron 07 May 2021

Get a life.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 27 January 2020

A 10 Topscore for this entertaining poem. CONGRATULATIONS for being chosen as The Modern Poem Of The Day Hurray! I have enjoyed much this brevity. Not to exaggerate: I like very much reading all your poems, so very entertaining and a for my ears and eyes, Mrs. Atwood. God's Blessings.

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Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood

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