Literature · Poetry

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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Literature · Poetry

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

Literature · Poetry

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)

Literature · Novels and Novellas

The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani | Book Review

Agatha and Sophie's story isn't over after all and they return to the School for Good and Evil. Only now the school is separated by males and females while Good and Evil have joined forces. First Thoughts: I loved the first Good and Evil book and yeah, I just now read the second book in… Continue reading The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes by Soman Chainani | Book Review

Literature · Novels and Novellas

The Awakening by Kate Chopin: An Analysis

The Awakening follows pampered wife, Edna Pontellier as she becomes discontent with her life and begins to yearn for solitude and her own identity. Edna Pontellier is a woman that gets all she asks from her doting husband, Leonce. Yes, Edna is pretty much upper class and spoiled. But she shouldn't be written off as… Continue reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin: An Analysis

Literature · Short Stories

Regret by Kate Chopin (Short Story Analysis)

  Regret is about a woman named Mamzelle Aurelie, she stands out among other women of her time since she's unmarried, childless and owns her own farm. She is seemingly happy with her arrangement but once she looks after a neighbor's children she has a moment of regret. Marriage and children. Something society expects everyone… Continue reading Regret by Kate Chopin (Short Story Analysis)