- The first phase is from 1961-1968 where Canadian landscape, exploration of the self and the craft predominate.
- The second phase is from early the 1970s to the 1980s when Atwood defines Canadian literature for Canada and the world.
- The third phase is from the 1980s to mid-1990s when Atwood the activist is redefining the world to Canada,
- In the last phase, we are witnessing the emergence of Atwood as a national icon.
order in a bland madness of snows.
on my electric typewriter
speaking of peaceful trees
of the door but of the door
opening; sometimes, no matter
how hard he tries
his children are not there
(11) Margaret Atwood: Waterstone’e Poetry Lecture. Delivered at Hay on Wye. Wales, June 1995