Power Politics (poetry collection)

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First edition (publ. Anansi)

Power Politics is a book of poetry by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, published in 1971.

It contains her famous simile:

The violent surprise of this poem is typical of Atwood’s imagery.[1]

Gender is a crucial theme in Power Politics. The collection was often dismissed as a poetic version of Women's Lib although Atwood herself rejected the notion that the Women's Movement influenced the conception of Power Politics.[2]


  1. ^ Montagnes, Anne (Oct 4, 1980), "Violence and humor in Margaret Atwood and poets flabby in comparison", The Globe and Mail, pp. E. 14
  2. ^ Reingard M. Nischik. Engendering genre: the works of Margaret Atwood. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2009, p. 19, ISBN 978-0-7766-0724-5.

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