Write a note on Atwood and Ondaatje’s contribution to Canadian Poetry.

He is much more cinematic than Atwood. In the case of both, a lot of their personality comes into play in the poems. Both use considerable figurality also. All told, their overall impact has been quite impressive. The poetry books of both have won a number of prestigious awards. Often, their novels are poetic in their use of language.

In her poetry, Atwood continually startles the reader with her imagery, which unfolds in a terse, elliptical style. From the time of her first publication (1961) Atwood has demonstrated remarkable artistic control of her poetic material. Each book has a thematic unity and can be seen to elaborate a central preoccupation of her work: the role of mythology, both personal and cultural, in the individual life.

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