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Against Still Life In the poem Against Still Life poet Margaret Atwood fascinates us by weaving her words into descriptive feelings we can all relate too especially women Atwood is a well known poet and novelist who has a certain way of grabbing the attention of the reader and throwing the readers thoughts around without her even realizing it In Against Still Life for example Atwood opens her poem with an orange nothing more than an orange By the end of the poem she has got the reader pondering what men think about It is assumed that Atwood is the speaker of the poem and the setting is simply a situation most of us can find ourselves in often The speaker of the poem is Margaret Atwood herself She describes thoughts that would only belong to her Atwood uses the word I to describe herself in the poem and you to describe a second party other than the reader who we later find to be a man The poem seems as though it is directed as a thought to the man not a conversation or a poem for him to read but Atwoods desire to know this mans thoughts Atwood is clever and describes feelings and the frustrations that any woman has felt about a man This makes us really wonder if Atwood truly feels this way or if she is just describing feelings that a general woman have about a general man I believe Atwood did this on purpose not only to more easily relate to the reader but because she once said in a lecture Plato said that poets should be excluded from the ideal republic because they are such liars I am a poet and I affirm that this is true About no subject are poets tempted to lie so much as about their own lives I of course -- being also a novelist -- am a much more truthful person
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