Detailed overview of Rich’s work and critical reception through the mid-1980s. Critical perspective is reader-response, focusing on the first books as they form a foundation for Diving into the Wreck and her more mature poetry. A good source for those new to her poetry seeking in-depth discussions of the early poems from a neutral critical perspective.
Adrienne Rich was an award-winning poet, longtime American feminist and prominent lesbian. She wrote more than a dozen volumes of poetry and several non-fiction books. Her poems have been widely published in anthologies and studied in literature and courses. She received major prizes, fellowships, and international recognition for her work.
Song by Adrienne Rich – Read A Little Poetry
A brief biography. Also, by Miranda Field; also ; also "The Young Insurgent's Commonplace-Book: Adrienne Rich's 'Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law,'" by Marilyn Hacker. .
Adrienne Rich obituary: Feminist writer dies at 82 - latimes
It is also important to emphasize that in many respects the '60s and'70s were reaction to the confinement of the '50s and the feminine mystiqueof that period. In addition, stress that the political background of thepoems by Adrienne Rich connects the personal and the political.
Adrienne Rich, giant of American poetry, dies - NY Daily News
Adrienne Rich has written her poetry for all time. While it grows outof the political conflicts and tensions of the feminist movement and theantiwar protests of the sixties and seventies, it speaks of universal issuesof relationships between men and women and between women and women thatwill endure for generations to come.
Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers by Adrienne Rich
The feminist activists poets like , ,and would be very usefulto read along with Rich. Also, it might be useful to teach poets like and ,who were, after all, poets of the beat movement of the late '50s and early'60s. They were poets with a vision, as is Rich.
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To a significant extent, all poets are concerned with transformation. The very making of a poem involves a transformation from perceived reality or experience into a verbal utterance shaped by the poet's imagination and craft. For Adrienne Rich, however, transformation goes beyond the act of writing; it extends to the culture at large through the poem's ability to challenge given assumptions and offer new visions. Rich delineated her poetics relatively early in her career in a 1971 essay, "When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision":
North American Time, by Adrienne Rich | j.j. marino
Transformation is thus private as well as public, and Rich's poetry and essays have explored the space where these realms intersect, incorporating feminist, lesbian, historical, non-capitalist, humanitarian, multi-racial, and multi-cultural points of view. The form of her poems has evolved with her content, moving from tight formalist lyrics to more experimental poems using a combination of techniques: long lines, gaps in the line, interjections of prose, juxtaposition of voices and motifs, didacticism, and informal expression. Indeed, no poet's career reflects the cultural and poetic transformations undergone in the United States during the 2Oth century better than that of Adrienne Rich.