Ai American Literature Analysis - Essay

Florence Anthony

Ai American Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

The first observation one cannot help making about Ai’s poetry is that she uses a straightforward narrative style to describe the most horrible people and events. Almost all of her works are first-person narratives in which she assumes the voices of a variety of people—men and women, adults and children, murderers and victims. Her characters come from many times and places, but they all have one thing in common: They are experiencing, in various ways, the darkest parts of human nature.

Ai’s first published collection, Cruelty (1973), is essentially a series of one-page monologues told from the points of view of a variety of anonymous people. A short poem called “Abortion,” told from a father’s point...

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