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[you fit into me] Summary & Analysis
by Margaret Atwood

"[you fit into me]" first appeared in Canadian author Margaret Atwood's Power Politics, a 1971 poetry collection exploring feminist themes. In four short lines, the poem's speaker reveals the horror that may lie just beneath the surface of romance. On its broadest level, the poem suggests that when it comes to romantic love, there's a fine line between passion and pain. The poem can also be interpreted as being specifically about the gender dynamics of heterosexual love in a patriarchy, or a world in which men primarily hold positions of power throughout society. In such a world, the poem implies, romance between men and women is complicated by male dominance and the possibility of violence.

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