Writing, Aging and Death in Margaret Atwood’s The Door
In The Door (2007) Margaret Atwood continues her movement from the trickster aesthetics of previous works (1965‒1986) towards the more human vision that she had developed in her poetry collection Morning in the Burned House (1995). The Door includes poems written between 1997 and 2007, and they trace similar concerns to other works published at this stage of Atwood’s career, such as The Blind Assassin (2002) and Moral Disorder (2007). My aim in this article is to explore the predominant themes in The Door, such as childhood memories, the writing process as a voyage into a dark underworld, death, aging, and the passing of time. Those reflections are accompanied by a formal analysis of the selected poems, where I discuss Atwood’s poetic voice, the different structures and rhythms of the poems, as well as the repeated presence of motifs such as the cellar, the underground world, and the well.
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