Known for her confessional mode of writing, Kamla Das’s (1934-2009) poetry offers an aesthetic of resistance to the phallocentric codes and conventions. What sets her poetry apart from the other Indian women poets writing in English is the brutal honesty with which she handles the issue of women’s search for subjectivity and autonomy in the face of patriarchal prohibitions. Her choice of a free poetic mode instead of regular metrical form suits her tone of anger and protest resulting from the marginalization of women. However, while hitting out at the deeply entrenched patriarchal prejudices, she does not forget her own femininity. Das’s individuality lies in evolving a new language of protest.
As with all the poems in the World’s Wife, Duffy follows the form of a dramatic monologue and through the first stanza draws attention to the history of male domination and female suppression by listing famously victimized women and revealing in Mrs. Beast’s tone, bitter resentment. Mrs. Beast rejects any wish associated with the male-oriented society reflecting Duffy’s rejection of society’s pre-occupation with victimized women and keeping them silenced. Carol Ann Duffy is considered to be one of the most admirable poets because she creates existing poetry in a form that uses biblical, historical, mythical, fictional figures, whose voice have not previously been heard. This is relevant for the portrayal of the male-oriented society because famous figures like Beauty and the Beast have been mentioned in
Emily Dickinson is a poetic mastermind who has written many mind twisting poems with great complexity and thought. She was also an advocate for women’s equality as seen in almost every poem in some subtle way. Emily Dickinson tends to include in her poetry the themes of women’s equality, social withdrawal, and individualism; a few poems that reflect her traditional themes are “They Shut Me Up In Prose” and “Much Madness is Divinest Sense”. In the nearly 1,800 poems written by Emily Dickinson, she would give the reader specific and well thought out clues hinting at women’s equality. She usually did so by referring to society as “they” and then following with what society expects of a women.
Plunging deeper in her psyche, one finds her to be a poet of extraordinary positive urge. A person as ambiguous and self-contradictory as Sylvia Plath can hardly be fitted into a single critical jargon or simple formula. Attempt has been made in this paper entitled “Art as a source of Self Transformation – A Study of Sylvia Plath’s Poetry” to analyse the important aspects of her poetic being,
________________________________________ “Feminism is the recognition of the domination of men over Women and attempts by women to end male privilege…. It is a theory, a method and a practice which seeks to Transform human relations”. - Cynthia Orozco. Writing in the anthology Chicano voices: Intersections of class, race
Triumph over Trifles The struggles of women have subsisted in countless pieces of literature. Stereotypically speaking, women are not always seen as strong leading characters. Often women are found confined in stories as they are in life. Literature frees women in a way that real life simply cannot. Female authors as well as characters gain that feeling of freedom, due to the less constricting binds of literary writing.
In this dissertation my objective is to discuss and explore the concept(s) of feminism and the negative connatations that are so frequently connected to it. I plan to focus on the stigma attached to feminism, and how this stigma developed in the first place. A brief history of feminism and a description of the seperate waves will be used as my opening, and will develop from there. I intend to combine the information and theories I have learnt in my English and Politics modules to validate my argument. I also want to explore the role of feminism throughout history,through the medium of poetry.
Stein combined several words together in her pieces because she liked the way they sounded abstract. The content of her pieces lacked narrative, but in reality appealed to the thoughts and feelings of Stein. "Stein was a bold experimenter and self-proclaimed genius; she rejected the linear, time-oriented writing characteristic of the nineteenth century for a spatial, process-oriented, specifically twentieth-century literature" (“Gertrude Stein" 1). Stein 's collection of literature included: dense poems and fictions, often absent of plot or dialogue, which yielded memorable phrases (“Gertrude Stein" 1). One of Steins more famous "phrases" that depicted this style was "Rose is a rose is a rose" (“Gertrude Stein" 1).
On par with Western novelists, Indian women writers have made a bench mark in creating an island of their own in voicing their views and perceptions about the pathetic plight of women in India. Ofcourse, Shshi Desh Pande is not exceptional because, in all her works feminism surfaces as a dominating theme one way or the other. The present paper mirrors her reflections for assertion of identity and crave for emancipation of women from the shackles of traditions and customs. So to say, in her novel, Roots and Shadows, the writer highlits the agony and suffering of the protagonist, Indu in male-dominated society. In The Dark Holds No Terrors, she touches upon male egoism and inferiority complex resulting in sexual sadism, as well the harrowing
The poetry of these poets contain these unique features.They are : A. Minimalism- is a significant phenomenon in the Indian poetry after independence, in which a poem contains very few words, but possess intense meaning. B. Confessionalism is yet another feature. Poetry is considered a social document, and as any social document has to touch upon personal details to become insightful.Most of these women poets use confeesoinalism to provide an insight into women’s lives. Thus, their poetry is also ‘confessional’, in the sense that it confesses their experiences and feelings of love and hate in man woman relationships, in a patriarchal society. Though their poetry is self-revelatory, the experiences revealed in them are identical with