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How does Margaret Atwood make a large statement in "You Fit Into Me" (as a feminist poem) within the confines of a small poem?

Margaret Atwood makes a large statement within the confines of a small poem by using irony and contrasting imagery in "You Fit Into Me." The language of the poem itself is representative of the incommensurability between a fishhook and an eyeball, just as some relationships are incommensurate. However, the length of the poem (it is very short) is contrasted with how long it often takes couples to realize this fact. In the poem, the disparity is obvious. In life, sometimes it is not.

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Although the poem is certainly open to interpretation, what Atwood is doing is drawing contrasting images between what is expected and what is reality. This occurs both through the language of the poem itself as well as through the deeper message it conveys.

The poem starts off very wholesomely. “You fit into me, like a hook into an eye” implies the existence of a relationship, one that is as much of an exact, perfect match as is the eye of a lock, into which only one particular kind of key fits. However, in the very next lines, this imagery is reversed. The reader realizes that Atwood is not talking...

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