But Jennings is concerned here with the relationship between language and ideas. She cannot find valid relationship between experience and expression in her world of poetry. Her confession has similarity with the views expressed by women poets in America regarding the inadequacy of language to express the inadequacy of language as women. Adrienne Rich has talked about “The Dream of a Common Language” in her latest book of poems. Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Marge Piercy, Louise Bogan have all touched on the problem they have come across , as women poets, in using the language to suit their sensibilities as women.
The Color Purple gives limelight to self-made women Celia. And it forcefully tried to restore the dignity of the female character. The novel was published in 1982 is one of the most read texts across race, class, gender and cultural boundaries. The Novel fallows Celia, a black woman who struggled in her life. She was raped by her step father, fallowing two pregnancies.
Sylvia Plath was a remarkable twentieth century American poet. Her poetry focused on depression, suicide, death, and self-destruction. Poetry to Plath was her escape and her way of dealing with her problems and self-loathing feelings. If the person to read Sylvia Plath’s poems, s/he will notice that most of her subjects are very depressing. Sylvia Plath was born on October 27th, 1932.
Women as Seen in Trifles There were a lot of outstanding female literary figures that saw emergence during the 19th century. One of the many women writers that became known was Susan Glaspell. Glaspell’s works saw her struggle with arguments such as gender and differences and other related concerns, thus making it as one of the 19th century’s legacy. In the middle of an artistic revival and renaissance, Glaspell together with her beloved husband, George Cook, started to write about the issues they were seeing. But in 1915, she started writing the Provincetown Players and saw the involvement of other female writers like Kate Chopin and Fanny Fern to the making of one-act play, the Trifles.
Throughout history,writing and poetry has served as a voice for women when their voices were so often deemed unimportant. The works of Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman show the utter oppression women felt and the themes of their work are often still relevant to women today. Similarly, Eavan Boland and Adrienne Rich give an updated account of what women today are faced
Sara Teasdale was an American born lyrical poet whose work focused on expressing a woman’s changing perspective on beauty, love, life, and death during the time of the Gilded Age in America. Many of her works were thought to portray her own perspective on said topics. Later in life, Teasdale struggled with her mental health and, as a result of this, depression eventually caused her to take her own life at forty-nine years old (“Sara Teasdale”). Teasdale’s bleak view of her own life during her later years is mirrored in “Barter” as the speaker expresses clear feelings of regret; as described in the poem, the speaker believes that she herself has not lived her life to the full extent. Through imagery, tone change, and an extended metaphor, Teasdale supports her vital message to the reader that one must take full advantage of the wonders of life before the opportunity to do so becomes no longer achievable.
Sylvia Plath, born October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, was a poet, and short-story writer (Hobsbaum, 2003). As part of the Confessionalist movement, she commonly wrote about topics such as death, depression and victimization. She has published a series of poems and a semi-autobiographical memoir that depicts her life, with the names of people and places changed. Her semi-autobiographical memoir, The Bell Jar, depicts Esther Greenwood’s slow downward spiral to madness. Plath was deeply affected by the premature death of her father, her mental instability being worsened by the absence of her mother.
Lady Lazarus was written in 1962 and is one of Sylvia Plath’s most well known poems. Like all of her confessional poetry, it is autobiographical in narration, meaning it is a self written account of her experiences. This type of narration is a standard characteristic of confessional poetry and it helps to evoke emotion. Lady Lazarus is about suicide and what drove Plath to it, “I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real” (Plath, lines 45-48).
Will I ever be able to understand the hurt and pain of living as a colored sister in America? Ntozake Shange, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf , expresses the obstacles of colored womean living in a world that doesn’t seem to want them. Modern day America pushes them into being outcast and feeling less than whole. Through short poems filled with rich details, Ntozake Shange brilliantly describes the situation of seven colored girls’ struggles with loneliness, oppression, and sexism in everyday life through short poems filled with rich details. The poems are filled with different topics that range from interactions with men in large cities, the myriad threats of domestic abuse, struggles with identity, cruelty, and indifference in black culture.
Kamala Das is perhaps one of the most well-known names in the field of Indian English literature. She has written about her own personal experiences extensively. This paper will examine the life of the poet and the strong confessional tone in her poetry .It also seeks to explore the various ways in which Kamala Das has represented the themes of love and sexuality in her poems. The volumes of poetry that have been used for assessing the aforementioned themes include The Descendants (1967), Only the Soul Knows how to Sing (1997), Summer in Calcutta (1965) and The Old Playhouse and Other Poems (1973). A pioneer in presenting a straight forward and intricate expression of the feminine sensibility in the Indian English Writings, Das has succeeded in providing the world with a wider and bolder representation of Indian feminism and female sexuality through her writings in English as well as Malayali, under her maiden name Madhavikutty.