Aunt Jennifer's Tigers Questions and Answers
by Adrienne Rich

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In "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers," explain the ideas that the caesura in the first and fourth lines of the last stanza emphasize.

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Adrienne Rich’s poem “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” is narrated by a relative. Apparently, the narrator has observed the aunt working with her tapestries many times.  The poem employs visual imagery that provides a striking portrayal of an abused woman.  For the aunt, her hobby has become her sanctuary.  

Full of symbolism, the poem reveals the beauty of Aunt Jennifer’s tapestry which depicts tigers strutting across green forestry with men underneath. The men pace below as though they are knights of old. The picture is lively and bright.

In the second stanza,  the mood changes. The tigers are replaced with a visualization of Aunt Jennifer. The observer notices the aunt’s hands as her fingers work with  the wool. Using foreshadowing,  the heaviness of the Uncle’s wedding ring weighs down her hands. 

The massive weight of Uncle's wedding band

Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer's hand.

It is important to note that it is not the aunt’s marriage ring but rather the...

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