This Is a Photograph of Me

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Look Beneath the Surface Shawna Jackson English 100-001 Professor Susan Bauman December 2nd, 2012 Margaret Atwood is a renowned feministic author who frequently writes about the struggles women are facing in today’s society. In the poem, “This is a Photograph of Me” Atwood reveals the mysterious identity of the speaker. Atwood uses nature in this poem to symbolize the power that the male gender have over women today. Even though while reading the poem we feel as though we are looking at a photograph, when really we have a poem describing what the photograph would look like, consider Atwood’s poem “This is a Photograph of Me” as an example open form poem because she uses the photograph to symbolize the…show more content…
It gives the reader a sense that Atwood is very alone and isolated from others. This is shown by the words that are chosen. In the first half when she talks about the unclear photograph it makes the reader feel like Atwood is very unsure of how she views herself, which is a feeling every person has felt in one time in their life. The poem is related to the theme of belonging when Atwood’s speaker seems to be attached to the house in the photograph. Lastly Margaret Atwood uses imagery throughout the poem, “This is a Photograph of Me”. Atwood starts the first half of the poem by describing a beautiful house in the background of the picture making the mood happy and even at times romantic. When she changes the mood of the poem the reader was not expecting it and often may seem that there may be a hidden meaning in the story. Near the end of the poem, Atwood is trying to deliver the message that things are not always what they seem. It makes the reader realize that sometimes you need to dig further beneath the surface to find out the true meaning of things. Atwood uses imagery to help the reader get the hidden message. Near the end of the story after we find out that the speaker is dead, she still talks about the photograph as if it is still there, and she makes a promise to us that if hard enough we will see her. The speaker is referring to her being beneath the surface, which in this case is under the water.

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