Adrienne Rich Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

Adrienne Rich Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Adrienne Rich’s successive volumes of poetry chronicle a contemporary female artist’s odyssey. Her earliest work is a notable contribution to modern poetry. Her later work has broken new ground as she redefines and reimagines women’s lives to create a female myth of self-discovery. In her life and work, she has been struggling to break out of patriarchal social and literary conventions, to redefine herself and to create new traditions. W. H. Auden praised her first volume for its stylistic control, its skillful use of traditional themes such as isolation, and its assimilation of influences such as the work of Robert Frost and William Butler Yeats. He wrote: “The poems . . . in this book are neatly and modestly dressed,...

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