I am looking for poems written by females in 2 different eras. Are there any recommendations of specific poems you can give? ThanksI am writing an essay about how the time period will affect the...

I am looking for poems written by females in 2 different eras. Are there any recommendations of specific poems you can give? Thanks

I am writing an essay about how the time period will affect the writing and how it will affect it. By comparing 2 poems written by the same gender from 2 different eras, I will be able to write an excellent essay.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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This question is too broad to really be answered very effectively. There are numerous female poets whose work you could cite from past periods and among contemporary poets. There are a multitude of ways to classify types of poems or subject matter being addressed, which will impact the type of comparison you could write. Before you do anything with this assignment, you need to spend time narrowing your range of possible authors and possible subjects. Then you can start to choose specific poets and poems.

For the sake of a starting point, consider comparing Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) and Carol Ann Duffy (1955- ). Dickinson's poem "The Soul" might be compared with Duffy's "Words, Wide Night" as two examples of how the attraction of one person to another might be depicted. Many other pairings, between these two authors or between others, could be made.

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peaceandrespect | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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I hope you will make a good essay! Well if you want to have a good comparison you should pay attention to the main similarities and differences between the two poets. I've already read about Emily Dickinson. She perfectly managed her thought through poems. Her poems are mainly religious which means you must be familliar with the biblical narratives. Besides, her poems depict her abnormal imagination. (these are the last days when birds come back, a very few a one or two) I really appreciate her language, imagination and poetic style. As for Carol Ann Duffy (1955-) I can't help because I have not read her poetry. She seems to be Pos-modern, and the difficulty in postmodern literature lies in the refraction of truth (Derrida's Deconstruction). By the way if you pay attention to the two ages, i,e Dickinson's (1883_1886) & Carol Ann Duffy (1955-) you may find the similarities in the impact of existentialism on both poets. Emily Dickinson wrote in time when the seeds of existentialism were plented (Nietzsche and Soren Kierkegaard), as for Carol Ann she is writing in time when Existentialism is celebrated.  Both poets are influenced by the cruelty, ambiguity, and the harshness of life. Good luck

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