Margaret Atwood is a Canadian-born author and poet whose books include The Handmaid’s Tale and The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker prize. “It is Dangerous to Read Newspapers” is from her 1968 anthology, The Animals in That Country, and portrays a reader who is haunted by the tragedies in the newspaper and her responsibilities for them in her everyday life. Atwood’s poem explores issues of personal responsibility, social awareness, globalization, and contemplating the state of the world.
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Originally published in The Animals in That Country (1968)
Reading - Short Enough to Read Aloud.
What is the impact of our actions - on ourselves and others?How do we define love? How do we show love?How can contemplation change our actions?What do we hope to learn from meditation or contemplation?