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Adrienne Rich

"Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" is a poem by the poet Adrienne Rich. The poem consists of three stanzas, which contain four lines each. The poem is a rhyming poem and the rhyme scheme is AABB, CCDD, and...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2012 7:46 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

It is also possible to interpret the narrator's re-entry into life not literally but figuratively. Notice that she says, "I seem to re-enter the world." The use of the verb "seem" emphasizes the...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2017 1:25 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

Rich's poem is an extended meditation on the way moonlight reveals a landscape. The problem of the poem has to do with the word "amends"—what amends need to be made, and who needs to make them? The...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2020 3:00 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich is a complex person who uses her poetry to explore many diverse and controversial topics. She has been lauded and criticized for her efforts and she has pushed boundaries in her...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2015 6:35 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich's poem "A Ball is for Throwing" describes a ball sitting on the shelf of a shop. Though the colors are bright and the ball is beautiful, she suggests that it is not alive for as long...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2020 2:54 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

Rich's poem is a retelling of the Orpheus myth. In the myth, Orpheus, a great musician, loves Eurydice; when she dies, he descends into the underworld to seek her spirit. Hades agrees to allow...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2020 1:13 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

“Amends” by Adrienne Rich is a poem that juxtaposes the natural with the industrial/human. When reading a poem, it's helpful to examine what is literally happening within the text and what is...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2019 11:44 pm UTC

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To understand what the bears mean to the author, try putting yourself in her situation. Picking up on some key words can help you locate where she was and what time it was when the bears were with...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2018 8:55 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

Based on this question, I am going to focus on theme in order to best answer you. Theme is defined as the universal, underlying message an author communicates through a text. In the case of...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2018 7:53 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich's poem "At a Bach Concert" deals with the fact that art and life exist with each other reciprocally. In order for art to exist, one must recognize its importance in life....

Latest answer posted October 19, 2011 9:29 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

There most definitely is a difference between "his-story" and "her-story," and feminist writers have argued for a long time now that "his-story" is actually very significant, as its linking of the...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2013 7:20 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

It is clearly her presentation of night and moonlight that make these aspects memorable. Consider the imagery that Adrienne Rich employs and the strength of her description that brings night and...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2010 6:50 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich's poem Amends is a powerful poem which illuminates the power and beauty of nature. There are very specific words in the poem which evoke a reader's sense of the beauty of nature. In...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2012 4:24 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich's poem, "Amnesia" uses references to the 1941 movie, Citizen Kane to provide focus for her poem. Citizen Kane is about a once-powerful and rich man who dies, clutching a snow-globe...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2011 9:34 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

The voice Adrienne Rich uses in her poem, "Song," is one of self-awareness on the part of the speaker. "Voice" is a literary element that is sometimes difficult to understand. It is not the mood,...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2010 2:46 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

The first thing needed for understanding "Amnesia" is a thorough understanding of the literary allusion to the Orson Wells film Citizen Kane. A literary allusion is a reference to literature,...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011 3:47 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

In Adrienne's Rich's poem, "Song," and Claude McKay's poem, "America," imagery plays an important part. In "Song," perhaps the title gives the reader its first clue that the poem has little to do...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2010 8:53 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

In "I Dream I'm the Death of Orpheus," the speaker asserts her strength and independence as a female poet. She asserts that she is "a woman in the prime of life," but that her "powers (are)...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020 5:15 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

Essentially, Rich argues that heterosexuality in women in a political construct that men use in order to further control and subjugate women. Rather than it being the default norm of sexuality,...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2019 4:15 am UTC

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"The Knight" was first published in Rich's 1963 collection of poems entitled Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law: Poems, 1954-1962. Although this collection of poems was first published in 1963, the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019 10:32 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

"at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, South Carolina, 1989" by Lucille Clifton describes the unmarked graves of slaves who were responsible for building a majestic plantation in South...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2010 10:02 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

Virginia Woolf’s extended essay “A Room of One’s Own” was first published in 1929. In it, Woolf argues that if women are to be equal to men they need to have their own space and their own...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2019 3:37 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

In “Dreamwood,” Adrienne Rich reflects on how even something as common as a cheap, wooden typing stand can inspire a poet to imaginative visions. The narrator speaks in the third person as she...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2021 6:01 pm UTC

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"Voice" is a literary element that is not the mood, or the author's tone. It is, rather, the persona created in the writing—the poem—in which the author has developed the poem's voice. It should...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2010 3:01 am UTC

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As Adrienne Rich alludes to the movie Citizen Kane, it's important to concentrate on that for clues to the meaning of her poem, "Amnesia." Citizen Kane revolves around the hidden meaning of the...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2011 8:37 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

The speaker in Adrienne Rich's poem “Women” says nothing about herself other than that she can, for the first time, see who her sisters are. We might argue, however, that the three women described...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2021 5:41 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

The main obstacle Rich sees for women writers, artists, and intellectuals in "When we Dead Awaken" is the tendency for women to want to please men, to look to see what men think of them, and to...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019 11:33 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

"Harper's Ferry" by Adrienne Rich shows a woman trying to escape her from her oppressed role within her white patriarchal family, and Rich uses the violence of the historical Harper's Ferry raid as...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2012 4:26 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

The speaker of the poem "Amends," by Andrienne Rich, is describing the moonlight sweeping over the landscape and finally setting on the "eyelids of sleepers." It covers with its beauty the ugly,...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2010 2:28 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

In "Storm Warning," the speaker is reflective, philosophical and, arguably, fatalistic. For example, she declares, in stanza three, that "the wind will rise, / We can only close the shutters." This...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2019 7:03 pm UTC

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Rich's poem "Amnesia" expresses the feminist viepoint that history erased from collective memory the role and identiy of women throughout time. Rich asserts this was done by removing and/or not...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011 6:31 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

This poem consists of ten parts in which two women are discussed, but they never talk to each other. One woman is older, the mother-in-law of the second, younger woman. It is clear that the women...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2011 12:13 am UTC

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The final two lines of Adrienne Rich’s poem titled “History” are italicized and placed within parentheses in order to give them special emphasis. These lines come at the end of a poem that recalls...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2011 2:31 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

Before I pulled up your full question and saw your examples, I already had "Women" in mind. I also didn't realize that you were an editor and not a student. That being said, I thought what I was...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2011 7:12 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "May Day" centers around a historical riot that took place on May Day in 1919. The riot took place in Cleveland, Ohio, and was led by Socialist Eugene V. Debs....

Latest answer posted December 19, 2013 7:24 am UTC

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In Adrienne Rich's poem "The Trees," the addressee and subject of the long letters remain unmentioned. The short answer, therefore, is that they are written to whatever purpose and whatever person...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020 6:34 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

There was a lot going on in the world which may have prompted Adrienne Rich to write "Diving into the Wreck." On a personal level, Rich went through painful problems in her marriage to her husband,...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2016 9:42 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

The trees is in this poem are a metaphor for women. These trees are inside a glassed in veranda. This is an unnatural environment for them because inside the veranda "no bird could sit/no insect...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2021 12:32 pm UTC

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To help you get started on this interpretation, let's take a look at the symbolism in Adrienne Rich's poem “The Trees.” Think of the trees as people, women in particular. These trees, the speaker...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2021 12:29 am UTC

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Adrienne Rich

Of Adrienne Rich it has been said... Rich insists the traditional and proper roles of good wife and housekeeper are a woman’s funeral preparations. A knowledge of Rich's unusual journey through...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2012 7:15 pm UTC

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The penultimate stanza of "The Trees" could be viewed as a volta, or turn, in the direction of the poem. The first two stanzas introduce the extended metaphor of the trees, and readers come to...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020 9:32 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

The poem is a figurative story of liberation. In the poem, the poet writes of how the plants in her house are breaking out of their confinement and returning to their wild home within the forest....

Latest answer posted February 22, 2020 9:27 pm UTC

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Adrienne Rich

In Adrienne Rich's poem, "Amnesia," I do not believe it to be a feminist poem. Usually the theme of feminism includes a sense of a woman's oppression by a man or male-dominated society, for...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2011 12:26 pm UTC

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