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Animals in That Country, the (1968) [Collection]
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With the publication of The Circle Game, which won a Governor General's Award, Margaret Atwood established a reputation as an extraordinary young poet. That The Animals in That Country displays a remarkable development of her talent was recognized before publication by the Centennial Commission, which gave it first prize in their poetry competition.

Her poetry explores the real world and a haunting private universe. Both are seen by a young woman totally committed to the search for a viable human world, one capable of containing its opposites: of reconciling the individual's inner and outer worlds, the chaos and longing for order, the isolation of lovers, the craving for life and the fact of death.

The poems in this new collection are less subjective than Miss Atwood's earlier ones, and the range of themes is wider, but they contain the same tension.


  • Provisions
  • The animals in that country
  • The surveyors
  • A foundling
  • Part of a day
  • Shadow voice
  • Attitudes towards the mainland
  • Notes from various pasts
  • The green man
  • The landlady
  • A fortification
  • The festival
  • At the tourist centre in Boston
  • A night in the Royal Ontario Museum
  • The totems
  • Elegy for the giant tortoises
  • The gods avoid revealing themselves
  • River
  • What happened
  • Roominghouse, winter
  • It is dangerous to read newspapers
  • The green giant murder
  • The trappers
  • Progressive insanities of a pioneer
  • Instant while waking
  • Speeches for Dr Frankenstein
  • Arctic Syndrome: dream fox
  • Backdrop addresses cowboy
  • The revenant
  • More and more
  • Chronology
  • After I fell apart
  • A voice
  • An icon
  • The reincarnation of Captain Cook
  • Sundew
  • I was reading a scientific article
  • A pursuit
  • Astral traveller
  • Axiom

Original title: The Animals in That Country
Original languages: English


Genre: PoetryVerse

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Animals in That Country, the (1968)
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Language: English

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