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Critical Overview

(Poetry for Students)

Perhaps the real mark of "Barbie Doll's" reception has been the numerous times it has been reprinted and anthologized. Appearing in 1973, at the crest of feminism's second wave, "Barbie Doll" embodied the rage many women felt at being sexually objectified and treated as second-class citizens. The poem remains popular in large part because it continues to represent women's experience.

Most of the criticism and reviews of Piercy's poetry have underscored its politically committed nature. Leapfrog Press has built a website (http:// www.capecod.net/~tmpiercy/over.htm) excerpting reviews of Piercy's poetry. Erica Jong calls Piercy "one of the most important writers of...

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