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This Is a Photograph of Me Summary & Analysis
by Margaret Atwood

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“This is a Photograph of Me” opens The Circle Game, Canadian writer Margaret Atwood’s 1964 collection of poetry. As the speaker of this free verse poem describes a blurry photograph to the audience, the image's implications continuously transform. As such, the photograph becomes a means of exploring the malleability of history and truth, particularly with regard to the suppression of marginalized voices. In doing so, it sets the stage for the rest of The Circle Game, which centers female perspectives and experiences that have long been subsumed under male-dominated histories. The poem’s short, uneven lines and stanzas mirror the fragmented, ever-changing nature of history.

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