There was a lot of pressure from the community surrounding her to join those who are ‘saved’ which were those that had faith in Jesus Christ, jauntily she ignored everyone around her and as a woman, persevered in what she believed. She was the type of individual that spent time in her room and had very minimal acquaintances that influenced her writing such as Benjamin Franklin Newton, a family friend. The reasoning behind why her literature is still read till today is because people relate to her hidden messages and extravagant ways of bringing forward social issues through emotional literature. In addition, the language used is in a way where it emotionally affected those in the modern era too, and post-modern era, within five to six stanzas and compressed verses she influenced the 21st century society to continue enlighten young individuals in our society that being unique and having different views is okay. Most of Dickson’s work was republished in vocabulary that common society could understand, as her poetry was written in the romantic era, it contained emotions that were unique and filled with content that made sense in her unique form and her way of inputting syntax in all her writing.
Linda Pastan was a great poet while also a wife and mother. Pastan started sending her work to The New Yorker at age twelve (Potvin par. 6). Later, she went to college and got married. Pastan stated in an interview that she stopped writing for about ten years, because she could not be the perfect wife and mother that she was expected to be and also commit herself to her poetry (Brown, 3).
Claudia Emerson was an exemplary late-blooming writer. At age 57, Emerson published an expressive collection of poems, which describes the aspects of the past in relation to the present. In Late Wife, her Pulitzer Prize winning collection, she exudes her raw emotions from her personal life in the form of letters. In Emerson’s poems, “Natural History Exhibits” “Artifact,” and “Eight Ball,” she elucidates the aftermaths of divorce and death. Upon getting a divorce, Claudia Emerson initially grieves the memories of her first marriage.
Known as the “Moses of her people,” this woman was mainly known for her assistance in leading hundreds of slaves on the Underground Railroad from Maryland to Pennsylvania. However, unlike the previous Abolitionist women mentioned above, Christianity, its beliefs, and spiritual practices were nonetheless vital resources upon which Tubman and her family drew for psychological revival. Harriet was disabled due to her head injury that happened in her teens when, her master threw an iron rod at her head. Later on, Tubman got married to her first husband Joseph Tubman but, remained childless. Later on in life, after many attempts to be free Tubman finally escaped in 1849.
Maya Angelou has celebrated her diversity in life and work through poetry using clear repetition and symbolism. The United States first female African American Poet Laureate was Maya Angelou("Poetry Foundation" 2018). She was born on April 4,1928 in St. Louis Missouri. However, in her early life Maya had extreme family problems ("Maya Angelou" 2018). Her parents got a divorce while she was very young, she was back and forth from home to home ("Maya Angelou" 2018).
Following the death of his mother, Poe was taken into the home of John Allan and his wife Frances, who later died of tuberculosis. In 1835 he married his young cousin, Virginia Clemm, who was only 13 at the time, and in January of 1847 she died. Poe’s poem, Annabel Lee, was written shortly after his wife Virginia’s death. It is believed that Edgar Allan Poe wrote this to poem to illustrate his and Virginia’s love for one another. Stanza 1:
Her struggle continues when she decides to work for an art supply house, after refusing racist demands from her boss, she alone attempts to fight back by using her not so persuasive small voice as protest. Her “voice is unreliable” and whispered, and as can be expected has no impact on the situation what so ever, and results with Kingston unfortunately out of a job. As her book progresses Kingston talks about the many women in her life who have had the same experiences from being a woman and tells of their stories of having little to no voice against their husbands or male figures in their lives. For the many women who do not have a voice in kingston's story, she honors them by giving each individual a story and identity of their
Silent Speech in Audre Lorde’s Zami: A New Spelling of My Name Even though, she was born on February 18 1934 as Audrey Geraldine Lorde, her name quickly changed to Audre Lorde; “I did not like the tail of the Y hanging down below the line in Audrey” (Lorde 24). She was only 4 years old when she made this decision, already marking her head-strong character, which Audre Lorde possessed throughout her turbulent life. Not only was Audre Lorde a fervent civil rights activist, but also a devout feminist, however she described herself as; “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” and “dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia” (Poetry Foundation). Most of Lorde’s poetry and critical essays are focussed on black female identity, feminism, civil rights issues or a combination of these issues. Moreover, Lorde states in Sister Otsider: Essays and Speeches that; “Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity.
Emily Dickinson was a poet that was around in the 1800’s. Dickinson met a man named Charles Wadsworth on a trip to Philadelphia. After Wadsworth’s visit to Dickinson’s home, he made a departure for the West Coast in 1860. This event was believed to be the influence of the depressing tone in some of the poems Emily Dickinson wrote (source: Poets.org). One of the poems Emily Dickinson wrote in her lifetime was “If You Were Coming in the Fall,” which is about a woman waiting for her loved one to return home.
The women from each books went through many obstacles before they could find their own voice. Despite the hardships, they were able to find their own happiness or solutions to their problems in different ways. In the book, “The Round House”, by Louise Erdrich, Geraldine was the protagonist’s mother and a defenseless victim of rape. It took
Her mom thought that every child had the right to an education, and her hole family encouraged her to learn all she could. Nellie spent most of her life as a wife, mother, teacher, lecturer, legislator and writer. Her dream was to become a teacher like her sister named Hannah, teaching was very limited to women… Nellie earned a teaching certificate at the age of sixteen and taught until she got married in 1896. Nellie struggled with her husband as he was a druggy and had to raise five children at the same time. Nellie McClung’s greatest achievements were women’s suffrage movement, temperance movement, and later the Person’s Case with assitance from the “Famous Five.
She devoted four decades of her life to women’s causes, even though she had little education, a disabled husband for most of that time, six children, and worked, with jobs including being an author and a schoolteacher. She fought for the right for women to vote, which she believed would improve all women’s lives. She viewed the way women were treated as, more or less, slaves. Which at the time, would have been quite close to what women really were, they slaved over kitchens and homes all day, only to do the same thing the next day. Abigail is remembered as one of the nation’s leading suffragettes, even though he only worked primarily in the West.
In 1894, Cowan became involved in her first voluntary organization, being a founding members and President of the Karrakatta Club, a movement that Perth’s woman could master public speaking and shared their reading on health, literature and disadvantage women 's rights. For the next four decades she continued to dedicated herself into her work as she verbalized openly about venereal disease, prostitution, contraception, illegitimacy and sex malefactions at a time when such subjects were not discussed in polite company. She served several terms on the North Fremantle Board of Education, one of the few public offices then open to women. By the late 1890’s Cowan was elected to the Board of Public entitles to be a part of the education Board and Women’s Service Guild. She was a foundation member of the Children 's Protection Society in 1906, She was among the first women appointed to its bench in 1915; also an early woman justice of the peace (1920), she constantly urged the appointment of women to such positions.
Robin Morgan was part of the key radical feminist that was in the Women 's Movement, she also was one of the leaders of the International Feminist group since the 1960’s. Her book “Sisterhood Is Powerful” helped some of the Radical Feminist group. Robin Morgan has written about up to 20 fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books since she was a little girl. Also during the 1960’s she joined the civil rights movement and the Anti-Veitem movement. She went through a lot with women’s rights, but Robin Morgan tried her best to get through the hard
My mother had her demons. Things of her past would keep her up at night, and at times I would hear her sobbing, incoherently babbling about a man named Tom. She would forget these night terrors by morning, I learned that after one particularly horrid night that I had spent by her side comforting her. I asked her about it the next morning, and she had no recollection of the previous night’s events, or at least that is what she led me to believe. From an early age, I knew not to ask her about the man named Tom, or the blood would drain from her already pale face and she’d spend the next few hours locked in her room.