Sunday, February 8
Book Review: Power Politics
Author: Margaret Atwood
Summary: Margaret Atwood's Power Politics first appeared in 1971, startling its audience with its vital dance of woman and man. It still startles, and is just as iconoclastic as ever.
These poems occupy all at once the intimate, the political, and the mythic. Here Atwood makes us realize that we may think our own personal dichotomies are unique, but really they are multiple, universal. Clear, direct, wry, unrelenting -- Atwood's poetic powers are honed to perfection in this important early work.
My Rating: 8.25/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I read through this entire collection a couple of times, and individual poems within the collection four or five times, others more than that. I enjoyed this collection quite a lot, there were some very profound and complex poems in this collection. They all have a theme of a power struggle, although I'm unsure if it was a power struggle between two people or the poems was referring to the power struggle one has with them self. I think there were a few of the poems in this collection, that were referring to someone's inner struggle with themselves. Some of the poems, just seemed to have that feel to it, a very intimate, but personal struggle with one's self. All of the poems, are filled with Atwood's usually style of writing, shocking, blunt, but beautifully written. I was immediately drawn in, and immediately re-read the collection.
Overall an excellent collection of poetry, and one that will likely disappoint fans of the author.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, but I'd probably only recommend it to those who love Poetry or fellow Atwood fans like myself.
What to read next: More of Atwood's poetry, although I'm not sure where to start.
Challenges: 100+ Books Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge