I came across this poem entirely by chance, actually. Sometime a few years ago, I used my enormous Norton Anthology of Poetry to press some flower petals, and when I came back to check them some weeks or months later, I had a quick read of the poems surrounding them – one of which was Margaret Atwood’s ‘Up’. To this day I’m still not entirely sure why this poem made such an impression; there’s something so simplistic and quietly haunting about it, it takes me by surprise every time. Continue reading “Poetry Picks: ‘Up’, Margaret Atwood”
Trying to get into poetry for the first time can feel a bit daunting – there is just SO MUCH poetry out there, where do you start? If I hadn’t studied English at uni and been given poems to read and poets to explore, there’s a good chance I would have dismissed poetry altogether. That’s why studying literature is so rewarding; it pushes you out of your comfort zone and forces you to read things you might never have considered before.
This is where Poetry Picks comes into it. It’ll be my first recurring feature, and it’s exactly as it sounds: I pick a poem, poet or collection and talk a little bit about it. But don’t worry, it won’t be heavy on the analysis! Just a quick introduction, a couple of lines about what strikes me about the poem, and a few pointers towards some particularly notable aspects of it. From there it’s up to you how much further you want to delve!
So stay tuned if you’re interested in poetry and are just looking for a place to start.