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“You Fit into Me” By Margaret Atwood

You fit into me

Like a hook into an eye

A fish hook

Four line poem revealing basic structures in the shortest way. The situation is established then later, there is a shift, bringing in another insight, and then resolution arises. The first line introduces a positive feeling of love and affection. She compares this fitness to a hook into an eye, suggesting their relationship is secure and real. That they are fit for each other. However, the second stanza,” A fish hook in an open eye,” shows how the persona feels helpless and is in pain after realizing the love she thought was real is not and would wish to leave but she can’t. As much as the hook in the eye is painful, removing it would be more painful. To mean, breaking up would be more hurting than staying enduring the pain. It’s a reflection of what most women experience in relationships.

Postmodernism is depicted in various ways. To begin with, LENGTH is short and with little content just like the relationship. Readers can easily grasp what the poet is saying in the shortest possible way through metaphors. First stanza,” you fit into me like a hook into an eye”, the readers are able to see the image of two people happily in love. The last stanza,” a fish hook in an open eye”, brings in the picture of someone in pain due to a breaking relationship. The length is short but metaphorically communicating. The few words used enable readers to take each and every word as extremely important. As per the poem, the little content shows how the relationship had no future, and just like that, the persona is giving up due to pain.

FORMLESSNESS: an artwork, unlike as it was perceived by the traditionalist, is stronger when shapeless, indefinite and coherent. The poem is just comprised of two stanzas, of which each consists of two lines. However long the poem is, it describes the persona’s love experience just in two stanzas. Formlessness allows poets to express themselves in any way possible. Not rigidly restricted to any length but rather freed to describe the world as preferred.

POPULISM a feature employed appealing words that are familiar to the readers. Similes used are comprised of things known to audiences. “ You fit into me,” to every audience, are statements mostly relating to love or sexual relations,” like a hook into an eye”, people know how an eye and hook are attached in clothing hence can easily relate this to love affairs termed as real.” A fish hook in an open eye”, when a fish hook points into an open eye, it’s always painful. This is clearly related to the relationship that never works. However, the persona is finding it hard to break free.

PUNCTUATION: Lack of punctuation indicates the feeling of not caring or unhappiness, contributing to the overall meaning of the poem. “You fit into me like a hook into an eye” reveals closeness and attachment, just like the hook and eye fits to fasten a dress. However, the second stanza,” fish hook into an open eye,” shows how the relationship wasn’t of happiness but rather was that which brought pain and unhappiness. The use of “You’ is a good feature used by the poet to make audiences feel like the persona is communicating with them hence creating a bond. Use of quotes (““) to avoid the multiple lines that could have been used instead. The lines are in quotes and short, making them appear like sentences and hence considered important.


Atwood, M. (1971). You fit into me. Power Politics1.



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