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This Is A Photograph Of Me Analysis



Author: Poetry of Margaret Atwood Type: Poetry Views: 2350

It was taken some time ago.

At first it seems to be

a smeared

print: blurred lines and grey flecks

blended with the paper;then, as you scan

it, you see in the left-hand corner

a thing that is like a branch: part of a tree

(balsam or spruce) emerging

and, to the right, halfway up

what ought to be a gentle

slope, a small frame house.In the background there is a lake,

and beyond that, some low hills.(The photograph was taken

the day after I drowned.I am in the lake, in the center

of the picture, just under the surface.It is difficult to say where

precisely, or to say

how large or small I am:

the effect of water

on light is a distortionbut if you look long enough,

eventually

you will be able to see me.)






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I think this poem exists, and is a good poem wit multi laiers, it will havs da multiple themes which that makes is super significant to candaa.

| Posted on 2013-11-09 | by a guest


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The absence of women in the course of history is depicted by Margaret Atwood.

| Posted on 2012-11-19 | by a guest


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I THINK AUTHOR IS PRESENTING HERSELF AS A LIGHT,WHICH IS DISTORTED BY WATER,LIKE THE LAST VERSE \"THE EFFECT OF WATER ON LIGHT IS A DISTORTION...\"WATER IS POWERFUL LIKE A MAN WHO HIDEs THE TRUE IDENTITY OF A WOMAN.
THIS POEM IS ALL ABOUT THE SUPpRESSION OF WOMAN IDENTITies.

| Posted on 2012-07-23 | by a guest


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some explainations r really good . Tanks a lot guys , specially d interpretation of d foetus . Good job

| Posted on 2012-04-23 | by a guest


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This is the whole Appearance Vs. Reality concept Atwood always writes about/ She starts off by giving us this serene place (perhaps out in the wilderness)and suddenly there is a volta halfway through the poem saying that she is dead and that she is \"just under the surface\" where no one can see us. what shes trying to say is that to most the lake may look peaceful and \"innocent\" but the truth is that \"just under the surface\" there are many ugly things like her dead body.

| Posted on 2012-03-06 | by a guest


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Atwood\'s \"This is a ph.\",as her novel \'The Edible Woman\' deals with the oppression and marginalisation of woman in male-chauvinist society. Poem revolves around a photograh of the speaker,which is symbolic of the patriarchical society. Speakr in the photo represents whole woman race.. Poetess begins with a vivid descrptn of the photograph.. Photo is unclear with \"smeared print\" and \"grey flecks\". Unclearness of the photo is symbolic of complexity and obscurity of woman\'s identity in male dominant society. As you scan you can see a \"branch of tree\",\"lake\" and a \"small frame house\".These all represent values and standards of patriarchical society.. Woman is sunk \"below the surface\" in the \"lake\". Note that \"house\" is a powerful agent of patriarchy. A woman\'s role is always played upon by the family.. In the following part of the poem,poetess directly consideres the woman in photograph.. We cannot see her in the photo as she is thrown to the background and the background is foregrounded.. The photo was taken on the day she \"was drowned\". \"Drown\" must be suggestive of the marriage. Once you get married then you are destined to languish behind the man,and your voice is no more relvnt. The portion where she talks of women is put within brakets. Ussually we put irrelvnt and subordinative information in brakets.. Poetess might have put it in the braket so as to ironically state that she is not significant in the society..

| Posted on 2011-11-04 | by a guest


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it reflects the psychological and pathological distrubances of atwood\'s mind which is nicely potrayed in this poem.
ARSHAD BAIG
KARACHI PAKISTAN
NUML

| Posted on 2011-10-28 | by a guest


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it reflects the psychological and pathological distrubances of atwood\'s mind which is nicely potrayed in this poem.
ARSHAD BAIG
KARACHI PAKISTAN
NUML

| Posted on 2011-10-28 | by a guest


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Atwood writes about the loss of her original identity. She has literally drowned in her \"new indentity\", and cannot quite locate her old one. In my view, the lake refers to her identity. Atwood refers to the fact that she is just below the surface, of the facade of her flase identtity, and concludes the poem with noting that it is impossible to see the \"real her\" while she is covered by her fake identity.
ARSHAD BAIG
KARACHI PAKISTAN
NUML

| Posted on 2011-10-28 | by a guest


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As in her book \"Surfacing\", I think this is a comment about Canadian identity being buried. Ms Atwood would know exactly what the trees were, as she traveled with a child when her father studied such things. Therefore, I think she stated this on purpose, as many people from a big city would not know. Canadians, as is their nature, tend to remain in the background and have centrist politics. They don\'t draw attention to themselves. It is easy to get lost amongst the glitz and glamour of their southern neighbours.

| Posted on 2011-09-05 | by a guest


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Unlike many of Atwood\'s poems, I don\'t actually believe that her feministic values are being represented that much in this particular poem. I feel that it reflects the ultimate want for Atwood as a poet to detach herself from human perception and the worlds perceptions in order to truly capture the uncapturable. The symbol of the blurry photograph represents humanities failed attempts to capture a moment in time (this links to one of Atwood\'s short stories from the book The Tent). The tone is so detached and nondescript with no rich overflowing language but cold statements. The drowning is not necessarily negative and representing death as such as the idea of drowning in nature, soaking it in, giving in to its beauty. It is after drowning in nature that the poet is able to gain full clarity, where they are no longer so obviously a part of their writing, they are not relevant to the art they create.

| Posted on 2011-05-10 | by a guest


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\"(Balsam or spruce)\" can be interpreted within various interpretations as either \"boy or girl\". It could be a boy or a girl in the ultrasound. It could be man or woman, black or white, native or foreign that is being negated. The artist beneath the art is either a man or a woman. It is absolutely amazing how this poem can be interpreted in so many ways.

| Posted on 2011-01-27 | by a guest


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This poem could also be referring to someone who committed suicide. The narrator felt blurred, unimportant, But they were concealed by things that appeared perfect on the outside. The almost utopian, peaceful landscape. But the narrators true self was hidden beneath these false layers. They were in the center of the photograph yet they were not seen by anyone, no one could see what they were going through.
Just as the unimportant details of the species of trees was inside the brackets, the speaker\'s whole being and life story was also featured inside brackets. This reveals that they thought they were just as unimportant as the species of tree.
They were overwhelmed, drowning, in all of the problems going on around them. But no one else saw these problems, the person appeared as though they were doing just fine. Only if someone cared enough to get to know the narrator better, and heard their story, maybe they would still be here. Its a photograph of their life

| Posted on 2011-01-17 | by a guest


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This poem could also be referring to someone who committed suicide. The narrator felt blurred, unimportant, But they were concealed by things that appeared perfect on the outside. The almost utopian, peaceful landscape. But the narrators true self was hidden beneath these false layers. They were in the center of the photograph yet they were not seen by anyone, no one could see what they were going through.
Just as the unimportant details of the species of trees was inside the brackets, the speaker\'s whole being and life story was also featured inside brackets. This reveals that they thought they were just as unimportant as the species of tree.
They were overwhelmed, drowning, in all of the problems going on around them. But no one else saw these problems, the person appeared as though they were doing just fine. Only if someone cared enough to get to know the narrator better, and heard their story, maybe they would still be here. Its a photograph of their life

| Posted on 2011-01-17 | by a guest


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The poem is about negation and suppression of identities, regardless of gender and culture.

| Posted on 2011-01-07 | by a guest


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i believe Atwood is commenting on Canadian Idenity in this poem

| Posted on 2010-11-07 | by a guest


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The way Atwood uses brackets is symbolic.
Althiugh she obviously knows this scene very well she does know know the spieces of tree (balsam or spruce). The information is somewhat unimportant and therefore it is put into brackets
The enitre second part of the poem is written in brackets and in it Atwood speaks of herself. She obviously like thinks of herself like how she thinks of the spieces of a tree, somewhat unimportant.

| Posted on 2010-11-03 | by a guest


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The way Atwood uses brackets is symbolic.
Althiugh she obviously knows this scene very well she does know know the spieces of tree (balsam or spruce). The information is somewhat unimportant and therefore it is put into brackets
The enitre second part of the poem is written in brackets and in it Atwood speaks of herself. She obviously like thinks of herself like how she thinks of the spieces of a tree, somewhat unimportant.

| Posted on 2010-11-03 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2010-08-19 | by a guest


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balsam or spruce Branches-> difficulty, impatience, healing, care, relief
slope-> climb
house-> family, protection
lake-> feminine powers, monsters
hills-> ongoing struggle
light-> rebrith, quite not born yet because of the effect of the water
She is somewhere in the poem but you cant figure out where. She's been burdened with the problems at home and her femininity of scarred. she climbs and then she falls when trying to conceal her feeling and mixed amotions

| Posted on 2010-06-13 | by a guest


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I think the first line starts a metaphor of the speaker's life that is blurred and smeared. It continues this metaphor throughout so when she says she drowned in the lake, it's a metaphor for her spirit dying. Since the speaker isn't dead and writing the poem, her death can't be taken literally and uses allusion to Christianity and baptism in water where the speaker is the reborn spirit.
Also, given that Atwood was a feminist, this could be her rebirth as a woman coming out from behind the suppression of her husband (the smeared picture) or the patriarchal society feminist ranted about all the time.

| Posted on 2010-06-12 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2010-04-22 | by a guest


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good poem but i didn't understand that she drowned the day after

| Posted on 2010-04-07 | by a guest


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"This is a photograph of me"
I think this poem is bringing out more of Mary Atwood's femenist side. She starts out describing a photograph. She says, "a smeared print: blurred lines and grey flecks blended with the paper." It pretty much says that women are portrayed behind a man's image. We always come second to men. Men are always "bigger" than women. We are like shadows to men. Once you get married to a man, you are always in their shadow. Everyone see's the man and you are like a ghost behind the man. Women blend in behind their husband. Men are always more dominant than women. I think that s what this poem means and what it is about.

| Posted on 2010-04-06 | by a guest


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"This is a photograph of me"
I think this poem is bringing out more of Mary Atwood's femenist side. She starts out describing a photograph. She says, "a smeared print: blurred lines and grey flecks blended with the paper." It pretty much says that women are portrayed behind a man's image. We always come second to men. Men are always "bigger" than women. We are like shadows to men. Once you get married to a man, you are always in their shadow. Everyone see's the man and you are like a ghost behind the man. Women blend in behind their husband. Men are always more dominant than women. I think that s what this poem means and what it is about.

| Posted on 2010-04-06 | by a guest


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"this is a photograph of me" is one the perfect example which uses the concept of metamorphosis. just like metamorphosis,which is a slow and eventual physical process in fomation of a new entity, the poem too presents itself in tandem with this concept. the hideous image which is initally blurr becomes eventually clearer. the poem can also be seen as a reflection on the process of evolution

| Posted on 2010-02-21 | by a guest


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To me, they smeared and blurred photograph represent the persons life. They are unclear of who they want to be, what they want to do.
When she talks about seeing themselves just under the surface, to me it represents them about to break out. About to set on a new path and really realize what they were meant to do and what they are passionate about.

| Posted on 2009-12-15 | by a guest


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To me she is speaking about dinosaurs.. and how they went extinct. The branch represents a rocket ship, and the house represents my house that i live in. The lake is a difficult to interpret but I think its really a social commentary on the movie the lake house. Also the drowning is really a metaphor for dirtbiking. Oh and x

| Posted on 2009-09-23 | by a guest


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When one reads this poem it evokes feelings of life, death, nature, love and fertility. Ly x

| Posted on 2009-06-11 | by a guest


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When one reads this poem the thoughts that are evoked can be said to be of a complex nature. The struggle between life, death, nature, love and fertility offers many interpretations of the poem. Ly long timeee X

| Posted on 2009-06-11 | by a guest


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She says "water on light a distortion" becuase this poem is backwards, you dont normally talk about your own death after you die, you do when you are a live. therefore backwards. (:

| Posted on 2009-05-11 | by a guest


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i believe this is about a man's life. they are living in their glory years at the begginning of the poem. A big shot in highschool, team captain of the football team, student body president, etc. Then they grow old get tied down by wife and kids, the same job every day and cannot take how boring their life has gotten to be. Then the mid-life crisis occurs and distinguishes their life and they slowly drown in the water in the poem.

| Posted on 2009-04-19 | by a guest


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I don't understand why she says "water on light is a distortion". Normally a person would say "light on water". Where there is no particular rhyme scheme because the poem is written as though speaking conversationally, does this bring any significance to the phrase?

| Posted on 2009-04-02 | by a guest


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yes this poem is about the womyn being rly lonly and drownin coz she is a feminis lol

| Posted on 2009-03-24 | by a guest


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This is a metapoetic poem (a poem about poetry). First of all, notice the words used to describe the 'photograph': a smeared print, blurred lines, grey flecks blending with the paper. These words describe paper better than photo. Blurred lines (lines of writing), grey flecks (letters or words). And they perfectly blend in the paper. When she says the part about the tree, something like a tree in the left hand corner: she is talking about herself! her last name is atWOOD. (something like a tree) and her name is on the work, lefthand corner. She goes on to mention a slopehouse. an A FRAME. Atwood. Get it? The general theme of the poem is about death of the author. Once a poet writes a piece, they are no longer a big part of it. The text is. But the author is still there, somewhere.

| Posted on 2009-03-04 | by a guest


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thu=is is a peom about margaret atwoods feminisic veiws. The start of the peom is physical and the rest has more to do with the insde of atwoods head, what her veiws are. look closely people!

| Posted on 2009-03-03 | by a guest


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i think that may be margaret is trying to make people realize all the things we r taking for grantd for.

| Posted on 2008-11-22 | by a guest


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THis is a porm of the beauty of nature. nothing more nothing less

| Posted on 2008-11-11 | by a guest


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The poem is divided into two parts. The second part is set off by brackets. In the beginning portion, the poet paints a vivid and beautiful image of a picture. The picture is old and smeared because it is somewhat old, but as one looks at it closer, the sheer beauty of the captured landscape is realized. There is a tree in the foreground. Halfway up a hill there is a small house. In the background are a lake and more gentle hills.
The second portion begins with the shocking revelation from the speaker. The photograph was taken the day after I drowned. The speaker informs the reader that she is in the center of the lake, just under the surface. The lake has now moved up from the background of the picture, to the center. This brings the reader closer to the lake, almost as if he has fallen into the picture. Being dragged into the picture gives the reader a different perspective and better understanding. He can now see the death in the picture, although it is still difficult. The effect of the water on light distorts the image. However, if the viewer looks hard enough and long enough, he can eventually see the speaker.
The poem is written just like a conversation. The speaker uses no verse or rhyme to describe the picture. This gives the poem a realistic, personal feeling, unlike a poem that is :just a poem after losing much of its emotional grip by alienating itself with strict formal rhythm and rhyme scheme. Just like a person who is overly formal and proper can seem cold and distant, so can a poem. This poem avoids that situation effectively.
Although this poem works beautifully as a literal poem by slightly unnerving the reader and pulling at his emotions, it does not have to be interpreted literally. It is a poem about anyone or anything that was ever overlooked or forgotten. The poem exhorts the reader to look again and closer to see what he has missed.
Margaret Atwood is known for her feminist views. This poem could very likely be a feminist view what happens to women under men. The poem was written in 1966, a time when social classes and ideas were being redefined. The blurriness of the picture and the water distorting and keeping us from seeing the speaker under the surface represent men, or the influence of men. Taken in an extreme feminist way, the poem suggests that when bound in marriage, a woman blends in behind her husband. The world sees the man, but not the woman behind the man. In a more general way, the poem speaks of how men are dominant and women dont have as much of a say. The reader is called to notice women.

| Posted on 2008-03-07 | by a guest


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"This is a Photograph of Me" can be opened to many interpretations. The more I look at the poem, the more I am convinced that it has to do with the fetus in the womb of the mother.

The first verse: "It was taken some time ago. At first it seems to be a smeared print: blurred lines and grey flecks blended with the paper." Here, this is the very beginning of the fetus. It is almost like a smeared print.

The second verse: - "Then, as you scan it, you see in the left-hand corner a thing that is like a branch: part of a tree (balsam or spruce) emerging and, to the right, halfway up what ought to be a gentle slope, a small frame house." Here, scanning is done by the ultrasound machine, and the fetus is inside the placenta which appears like a branch. Also "a gentle slope" tells of the slowing rising of the abdomen of the mother and the "small frame house" means the womb of the mother.

The third and fourth verses: - In the background there is a lake, and beyond that, some low hills.(The photograph was taken the day after I drowned." the lake and the low hills give a description of the area where the fetus is in the womb of the mother. And "The day after I drowned" simply means the day she (the fetus)became immersed in the amniotic fluid in the mother's womb.

Then: " It is difficult to say where precisely, or to say how large or small I am: the effect of water on light is a distortion but if you look long enough, eventually you will be able to see me.)" The poet then says that it is difficult to get her precise location because the amniotic fluid is huge compared to her size, and it would even be difficult to say how large or small she really is. She then mentions another important point which shows that she is in the womb of her mother "water on light is a distortion." This refers to the light rays from the ultrasound device, which is causing a distortion. "But if you look long enough, you will be able to see me" shows how carefully the viewer will have to look within the amniotic fluid to recognize the fetus.


| Posted on 2007-05-18 | by a guest




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