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A Work of Artifice by Marge Piercy | Poetry Analysis

The meaning of Piercy’s poem is simple. It uses metaphor to show how the female gender role can confine women and stop them from reaching their full potential. “The bonsai tree / in the attractive pot / could have grown eighty feet tall” A bonsai tree can grow to be quite large. But when it’s in the… Continue reading A Work of Artifice by Marge Piercy | Poetry Analysis

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Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women by Aemilia Lanyer | Poetry Analysis

Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women is a poem by Aemilia Lanyer (1569-1645) that comes from her work Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum and when I first read it I was fascinated – the poem basically makes an argument that blaming all women for Eve’s sin is silly, and that if she is to be blamed… Continue reading Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women by Aemilia Lanyer | Poetry Analysis

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“The fight aloud is very brave…” (138) by Emily Dickinson | Poetry Analysis

This poem is about inner struggle. It’s compared to the struggle of a soldier fighting for one’s country – this is admirable but a person overcoming conflict within themselves can be just as great. “To charge within the bosom” this line indicates an internal battle – one that the individual must fight by themselves. There… Continue reading “The fight aloud is very brave…” (138) by Emily Dickinson | Poetry Analysis

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Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti | Poetry Analysis

Goblin Market is probably one of the most interesting and strange poems I have read. I mean it terms of lyricism and prose it doesn’t wow me. But the little story the poem tells and how drips with erotic undertones does. Come on it’s hard not to think of sexual innuendos when reading this poem.… Continue reading Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti | Poetry Analysis

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My Favorite Female Writers | International Women’s Day

So for International Women's Day I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite female writers. I looked at how they influenced culture and such for a lot my choices but the list is primarily based on how they influenced me. A couple in the mix aren't really “influential” on a wide… Continue reading My Favorite Female Writers | International Women’s Day

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The Rights of Women by Anna Barbauld (Poetry Analysis)

Now, upon first glance Barbauld's poem might seem like she's empowering women and cheering them on. Well, she's not. Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825) didn't support women's rights activism and this poem is a response to Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Most can probably sense the sarcastic tone by the end of the… Continue reading The Rights of Women by Anna Barbauld (Poetry Analysis)

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‘Some Keep the Sabbath Going in Church…’ (236) by Emily Dickinson (Poetry Analysis)

In order to be close to God, people will say you have to go to church along with follow all sorts of traditions. But Dickinson's poem is suggesting that one doesn't have to find God through the church, instead they can find him on their own means. And she's right. It's true that many people… Continue reading ‘Some Keep the Sabbath Going in Church…’ (236) by Emily Dickinson (Poetry Analysis)

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A Married State by Katherine Philips (Poetry Analysis)

Since Katherine Philips was married it seems she's qualified to warn people that it might not be all it's cracked up to be. But the right message to take away from the poem is that a person should only get married if they actually want to. Not because of outside pressure (a big reason, why… Continue reading A Married State by Katherine Philips (Poetry Analysis)

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The Poetess’s Hasty Resolution by Margaret Cavendish (Poetry Analysis)

Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673) Cavendish's poem rings a great truth for every aspiring writer. Most wish to receive praise for their work – “I writ so fast, I thought if I lived long, / A pyramid of fame to build thereon.” Yes, this is what most writers want and that is to be remembered and appreciated… Continue reading The Poetess’s Hasty Resolution by Margaret Cavendish (Poetry Analysis)