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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Eliza Haywood (c.1693-1756) | Author Exploration

Eliza Haywood (1693? – 1756) was a prolific British author of the 18th century. She published over 70+ works, and was primarily known as a novelist. Many details of her life seem to be disputed, including the year she was born. Haywood enjoyed a successful writing career. Her first and most famous novel, was Love… Continue reading Eliza Haywood (c.1693-1756) | Author Exploration

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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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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

Literature · Novels and Novellas · Short Stories

Kate Chopin Tribute

  Kate Chopin (1850-1904) was a writer of short stories and two novels. Her work would fall into the category of realistic fiction/realism. Her short stories were popular during her time but her career went downhill after the publishing of The Awakening due to the novel's controversial subject matter. However, she was later considered one… Continue reading Kate Chopin Tribute

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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)

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)