Margaret Atwood on TVO 2008-11-01

2020-07-09

in Art, Δ

I had been looking for this poem for literally years when I came across a TVO recording where she recites it. Atwood’s an intoxicating speaker, but you’ll have to use your imagination unless you can also track the audio down somewhere:

“That grandfather clock that was too large for the shelf, so it stood 90 years on the floor
Was brought from the shop on the day that the grandfather was born and went
Tick tock; tick tock
90 years without slumbering
Tick tock; tick tock
His life’s seconds numbering, just like a heartbeat
But it stopped
Short
Never to go again
When the
Old
Man
died
— I learned some memorable songs in grade three.”

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Milan July 9, 2020 at 2:43 am

I just love the way she says “the story of Scrooge is, after all, an outdated children’s tale and we must get back to ‘grown-up real life'”.

Milan July 9, 2020 at 2:53 am

“In his recreational tastes, he’s much like Machiavelli’s Renaissance prince: though he doesn’t poison people. Or, not directly. He only poisons them as a regrettable but inevitable side-effect of cost-benefit-analysis: it would cost too much not to poison them.”

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