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Siren Song

Siren Song

by Margaret Atwood

Siren Song Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What kind of voice does the speaker use for the poem? Why is she not your typical Siren?
  2. How does the poem's free verse help to update the Siren myth for us? Would the poem have sounded any different with a prescribed meter?
  3. How does Atwood turn the predator-prey theme on its head by the end of the poem? What seems to be the major point behind it all? 
  4. Why does the speaker keep repeating clauses like "the song" and "only you"? What's she trying to do with all the anaphora? 
  5. Do you feel bad for the Siren at any point of the poem? If so, how does the speaker manage to make us feel sympathetic toward her internal conflict?
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