Margaret Atwood: Morning in the Burned House (1206 words)

Sue Sorensen (Canadian Mennonite University)
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Throughout her career, Margaret Atwood’s wry and spare poetic voice has been unmistakable. Winning Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Poetry with her first major book in 1964 (The Circle Game), she quickly established herself as a major player on the Canadian literary scene. Her laconic free verse was both accessible in style and challenging in substance, taking on subjects such as Canadian identity, the de-romanticizing of heterosexual unions, and what Shannon Henneberger has called “the concept of dual track, separate modes of consciousness” (277). Morning in the Burned House, published in 1995, was her first book of poetry in over ten years, and in the meantime her novels and short stories had eclipsed her p…

Citation: Sorensen, Sue. "Morning in the Burned House". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 September 2014 [, accessed 22 October 2020.]

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