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Marge Piercy

Piercy's "Breaking Out" holds meaning in terms of its technique and thematic elements. Both aspects contribute to the poem's overall meaning of activism and the need to forge a statement of...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2014 8:21 am UTC

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Marge Piercy's "Breaking Out" was was initially published in the Harbor Review in 1984. It reflects two themes or attitudes common in Piercy's work: feminism and social activism. As is also common...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2016 2:50 pm UTC

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Poet Amiri Baraka once said that "art and social commentary cannot be divorced." This is true of the poetic medium. In fact, the Beat poets of the mid-20th century made political and social...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018 7:31 am UTC

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This poem is a personal exploration in which the poet reflects upon a repressive abusive childhood when she was disciplined with corporal punishment. Corporal punishment is a less common method...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2016 2:37 pm UTC

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Marge Piercy’s poem “The Secretary Chant” is a brief, incantatory lyric in which the secretary of the title chants the details of her life. She implies that she has literally become her job: My...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2012 4:09 pm UTC

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Marge Piercy's poem "Breaking Out" examines the moment in which a young girl pushes back against the oppressive and violent patriarchal values that dictate her upbringing. The poem begins with an...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2017 9:03 am UTC

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To explicate a poem, start simply; just comment on the description. The speaker describes a bonsai tree and how it could be 80 feet tall, growing wild on the side of a mountain. Instead, it is kept...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2012 12:37 am UTC

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"Breaking out" moves back and forth between the thoughts of an empowered female, designated by "I," and a little girl who feels powerless, indicated by an "i." They are both the same person, and...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 7:00 pm UTC

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The novelist and poet Marge Piercy lives in Wellfleet, Maine, which is located in the seaside area of Cape Cod. In the poem "Wellfleet Sabbath," Piercy describes the beginning of the Jewish...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2010 7:08 am UTC

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The most significant poetic technique used in this poem is metaphor. The speaker of the poem describes a gardener “caring” for a bonsai tree. The gardener appears to speak lovingly to the tree, but...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2012 12:05 am UTC

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Theme is a poem’s message. One of this poem’s themes is that we are often defined by others, and forced into roles by social convention. The speaker feels that the relationship is good, and...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2012 11:25 pm UTC

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Stanza one reveals that this poem is narrated by a woman remembering her first rebellious act as a child. She recalls the paradoxical image of two doors that cornered her in, yet were usually...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2016 5:40 pm UTC

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This powerful narrative poem expresses the speaker's first rebellious act. She introduces the subject as if in reply to the question: "What was your first political act?" In reply she states what...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2017 3:00 pm UTC

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Being a female citizen of the USA in the 1960s and 1970s, Piercy also the related themes of gender equality and socioeconomic class divisions. Another corollary to the 1950's societal expectations...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2011 3:20 pm UTC

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