Essay on You Fit Into Me

894 Words Oct 16th, 2006 4 Pages
You Fit Into Me

Margaret Atwood writes in a vivid, witty and often sharply discomfiting style in all of her literary works. To call her a feminist author is in a way selling her short as her work, while often centered on issues of gender, has also focused on Canadian national identity, Canada's relations with the United States and Europe, human rights issues, environmental issues, and the Canadian wilderness. The poem that I chose to analyze is a very short poem consisting of only four lines titled "You Fit Into Me." It was originally published in Margaret Atwood's anthology Power Politics, but the book I read it in is called, To Hell With Love, which is a collection of poems dealing with heartache and healing after a
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Metaphors are used in poetry to broaden the way we look at things. They prevent us from thinking with one-track minds that conveniently shut down when they are urged to think on a level that is beyond literal. Metaphors also work with few words to convey much meaning. The way in which a metaphor is written in one line can change the meaning of the poem without directly stating it. For instance, when I read the title of this poem, I immediately surmised that this piece would characterize a content relationship between two people. Reading the line, "you fit into me / like a hook into an eye" (1-2) gives one a picture of two jovial people having a lot in common. Their relationship is not incredibly tough to work at, and does not require any need for improvement. However, Atwood's next line tells us that the hook is a fishhook and the eye that it fits is into an open eyeball. Elaborating on the metaphor changes the meaning of the poem to one that is completely opposite of what was assumed at the beginning of the first stanza. In just eighteen syllables, Margaret Atwood transformed a positive thought into a negative one through her use of metaphor. Additionally, she only added two effortless words (fish and open) into the last two lines in order to produce the effect.

Metaphors can also create a direct correlation between the two terms being

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