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Siren Song

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Unfamiliar Vocabulary The Siren Song by Margaret Atwood Squadrons (Noun) - a number of people or a group of people united for a purpose.
Beached (Adjective) - Washed up and lying on a beach.
Bird Suit - Sirens resemble half-bird-half-human figures.
Picturesque (Adjective) - Like a picture. Poetic Devices Allusion - Brief reference to a person Euphony - Pleasant sounds, conveying sense of harmony and beauty. Ambiguity - a word or sentence that conveys more than one thing Imagery - using words to "show" the reader what the setting would look like. Persona - Authors point of view EXAMPLES OF POETIC DEVICES IN "SIREN SONG" Euphony - "This is the one song everyone would like to learn: the song that is irresistible. Imagery - "... even though they see the beached skulls" and "looking picturesque and mythical with these two feathery maniacs" Ambiguity - This song is a cry for help: Help me! Only you, only you can, you are unique at last." Allusion - "I don't enjoy it here squatting on this island looking picturesque and mythical with these two feathery maniacs," Tone - The emotions portrayed by the author or the narrator. Tone - Lonely, longing, and deceiving. WORKS CITED "Margaret Atwood." - Poets.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2012. <http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/746>.

"Poetic Devices." California Federation of Chaparral Poets Incorporated. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2012. <http://www.chaparralpoets.org/devices.pdf>.

"Poetry Magazine." Siren Song by Margaret Atwood :. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/21988>.

"World Biography." Margaret Atwood Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2012. <http://www.notablebiographies.com/An-Ba/Atwood-Margaret.html>. Born in 1939 in Ottawa, Ontario
Lives in Toronto, Canada
She was the second of three children of Margaret Dorothy and Carl Edmund Atwood
Margaret Atwood had a strong passion for literature
Atwood is the author of over fifteen books of poetry
Her first major poem was called The Handmaid’s Tale and was eventually made into a movie
Has earned more than fifty-five awards regarding her poetry such as: the Governor General’s Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Molson Award, the Ida Nudel Humanitarian Award, and a Canada Short Fiction Award. Margaret Atwood Siren Song

This is the one song everyone would like to learn: the song that is irresistible:the song that forces men to leap overboard in squadron seven though they see beached skulls the song nobody knows because anyone who had heard it is dead, and the others can’t remember.

Shall I tell you the secret and if I do, will you get me out of this bird suit? I don’t enjoy it here squatting on this island looking picturesque and mythical with these two feathery maniacs,I don’t enjoy singing this trio, fatal and valuable.

I will tell the secret to you,
to you, only to you.Come closer. This song
is a cry for help: Help me!
Only you, only you can,you are unique at last.

Alas it is a boring song but it works every time Analysis In Siren Song by Margaret Atwood one of the three sirens tells about the song that she sings. The half bird half woman creature lives with two others of her kind singing to the passing ships so that the men aboard will jump overboard and drown on the rocky shore. Atwood writes the content of the song which is know by no one except the sirens themselves. The song itself seemed to be a cry for help however, it was just a trick. Allusions The biggest allusion in this story is probably the siren song itself. The sirens song, or the song with siren sings, represents a huge mystery, and can be described as "the song that nobody knows because everyone who has heard it is dead". This is the biggest allusion because Odysseus himself is tied to the mast of his ship so that he can hear it without jumping overboard. Oh, how he struggles and stuggles... The Siren Song Not much is known about the poem itself...However, it was first printed in Selected Poems in 1965-1975, and was written in 1974. __________
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