Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution by Adrienne RichMotherhood as Experience and Institution.
In order for all women to have real choices all along the line, Adrienne Rich writes, we need fully to understand the power and powerlessness embodied in motherhood in patriarchal culture. Richs investigation, in this influential and landmark book, concerns both experience and institution. The experience is her own - as a woman, a poet, a feminist, and a mother - but it is an experience determined by the institution, imposed in its many variations on all women everywhere. She draws on personal materials, history, research, and literature to create a document of universal importance.
One of our most distinguished poets, ADRIENNE RICH was born in Baltimore in 1929. Over the last forty years she has published more than seventeen volumes of poetry and five books of nonfiction prose, including Arts of the Possible: Essays and Conversations; On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Blood, Bread, and Poetry; and What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics. She has received numerous awards, including the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Lambda Book Award, the National Book Award, and the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in California.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
I, being born a woman and distressed
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It explores the feelings of a woman regarding a lover, breaking many societal expectations surrounding the role of women at the time. Millay was born in in the United States and died in aged She was acclaimed during and after her lifetime, having been only the third woman in history to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the second woman to receive the Frost Medal for her contributions to American poetry, and is particularly well regarded for her sonnets. She also became well known for her feminist activism. While this poem is made more challenging by the older style of writing, being the earliest poem in the collection being studied, the meaning is still something that can be understood from key phrases in the poem. In addition, the choice of language and structural techniques give a range of options to analyse, however some may be challenging for some students. The title of the poem is drawn from the first line of the poem because Millay gave the piece no full title.
merlins book of magick and enchantment