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

Over the years since The Circle Game won the Governor-General’s Award in 1966, her poetry has sustained an extraordinary level of sparse discipline. It is unobtrusively experimental in the manner of a poet seeking always the appropriate form for the myth or the thoughts she is concerned with.

This fastidious formalism is combined with a certain didacticism; the tough and resilient phrasing combines with psychological realism and a considerable visual sensibility to present a clear-sighted view of human relations, astringent yet compassionate. Atwood’s poems are pervaded by a sense of mythic and historic unity with mankind, often unknown yet understood through feeling.

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