Canadian author protests Dubai fest, won't
Canadian author Margaret Atwood has pulled out of an international Dubai literary festival after organizers banned a forthcoming novel by a British author because it contains references to homosexuality.
Posted on 19 February 2009 | 11:18 am
Margaret Atwood wins Spanish literary award
Canadian author Margaret Atwood has won Spain's Prince of Asturias literary prize.
Posted on 24 June 2008 | 5:25 pm
Harry Potter prequel to be auctioned
An 800-word Harry Potter prequel is one of 13 card-sized works to be sold at a charity auction in the British capital.
Posted on 28 May 2008 | 6:03 pm
Gadget Lets Authors Sign Books From Afar
Margaret Atwood has had enough of long journeys, late nights and writer's cramp. Tired of grueling book tours, the Booker Prize-winning Canadian author on Sunday unveiled her new invention: a remote-controlled pen that allows writers to sign books for fan
Posted on 5 March 2006 | 10:40 am
Resolved Question: Analyzing 'Siren Song' by
I'm writing an entrance essay, to try and get into AP English. I'm really stressing about it. It's due tomorrow and I'm drawing a blank. I'd really appreciate any help you can give, thanks. Here's the prompt:
Read carefully the poem Siren Song by Margaret Atwood. Write an essay analyzing how Atwood's use of literary techniques, poetic devices, and allusion develop the complex meanings that are pleasant in the poem.
Posted on 29 April 2013 | 1:48 pm
Resolved Question: Margaret Atwood and
Any influences from Atwood's childhood with the main protagonist from her novel "Oryx and Crake"
Posted on 24 December 2012 | 10:21 am
Resolved Question: What is Margaret Atwood
Is the family on the rocks a portrayal of American tourists?
The poet would like tourists to see her country's mountains and lakes, rather than the unrealistic commercial view some Americans portray (of Canada)?
Did the publishing of this poem weaken the Americans ties with Canadians?
Just a couple of questions I had after reading the poem. Canadians also have stereotypes on Americans, right?
Posted on 22 August 2012 | 2:19 am
Resolved Question: What are Margaret
Posted on 11 February 2012 | 8:37 am
Resolved Question: Please help me interpret
Postcards by Margaret Atwood
I'm thinking about you. What else can I say?
The palm trees on the reverse
are a delusion; so is the pink sand.
What we have are the usual
fractured coke bottles and the smell
of backed-up drains, too sweet,
like a mango on the verge
of rot, which we have also.
The air clear sweat, mosquitoes
& their tracks; birds & elusive.
Time comes in waves here, a sickness, one
day after the other rolling on;
I move up, it's called
awake, then down into the uneasy
nights but never
forward. The roosters crow
for hours before dawn, and a prodded
child howls & howls
on the pocked road to school.
In the hold with the baggage
there are two prisoners,
their heads shaved by bayonets, & ten crates
of queasy chicks. Each spring
there's race of cripples, from the store
to the church. This is the sort of junk
I carry with me; and a clipping
about democracy from the local paper.
Outside the window
they're building the damn hotel,
nail by nail, someone's
crumbling dream. A universe that includes you
can't be all bad, but
does it? At this distance
you're a mirage, a glossy image
fixed in the posture
of the last time I saw you.
Turn you over, there's the place
for the address. Wish you were
here. Love comes
in waves like the ocean, a sickness which goes on
& on, a hollow cave
in the head, filling & pounding, a kicked ear.
I love this poem.
I'm going to write my poetry assessment commentary on it, but I have a few questions...
In the last two lines of the first stanza, what does "The air clear sweat, mosquitoes & their tracks; birds & elusive" mean? And why does Atwood use & signs instead of the actual word "and"?
In the second stanza, I don't understand the whole "In the hold with the baggage there are two prisoners, their heads shaved by bayonets, & ten crates of queasy chicks. Each spring there's a race of cripples, from the store to the church" part....
And lastly, in the third stanza, what does the hotel represent?
Thank you ^^
Posted on 31 December 2011 | 8:06 am