The poem “A Certain Lady” by Dorothy Parker, is an unrequited love declaration presented in first person by the speaker to a love interest, whom remains oblivious to the feelings expressed by the speaker. The writer, Dorothy Parker, best known her piercing wit and wordplay was a celebrated writer and critic during the prime of the roaring 20’s and 30’s. A biography on her life and people she worked with while she wrote gives insight to a story about a woman who was lonely, sad, and unlucky in love. In this piece she adeptly illustrates the yearning that a woman has for her casual lover. His ambivalence to her experience pains her so as he is unable to see.
The argument over a woman’s right to choose over the life of an unborn baby has been a prevalent issue in America for many years. As a birth control activist, Margaret Sanger is recognized for her devotion to the pro-choice side of the debate as she has worked to provide sex education and legalize birth control. As part of her pro-choice movement, Sanger delivered a speech at the Sixth International Neo-Malthusian and Birth Control Conference in March of 1925. This speech is called “The Children’s Era,” in which she explains how she wants the twentieth century to become the “century of the child.” Margaret Sanger uses pathos throughout her speech as she brings up many of the negative possibilities that unplanned parenthood can bring for both children and parents. She questions society’s actions to boost the clarity of why pro-choice is beneficial to the advancement of the “century of the
The poem focuses on a woman’s feelings of apprehension and awe upon the birth of her child. The first word of “Morning Song” is “love”. This sets the tone as the young mother responds to her newborn infant’s cry, still unsure of her role. The opening line of the poem, “love set you going like a fat gold watch”, suggests how her new baby is something precious. However, the image of the watch also suggests how the child has entered the world of time, a world which neither she nor her mother can control.
One of the most prominent poems written during the post-war era was Warning by Jenny Joseph. Joseph’s most popular poem, Warning, expresses her excitement and terrify process of maturing. Her satire poem became so popular among the ladies who found themselves relating to the poem, under those circumstances, they invented The Red Hat Society. As a matter of fact, The Red Hat Society is a group of women who greet middle age with humor, amusement, and energy, about the poem. Therefore the poem includes specific features from the post-war era, such as being against the Neo-Romanticism and writing with a realistic and reflective diction.
In 1899, Kate Chopin introduced the world to one of the most dynamic fictional women in history in her revolutionary novel, The Awakening. A defiant, passionate, self-aware heroine, Edna Pontellier is the woman I would choose to converse with. At the time of its publication, The Awakening received unrelenting criticism for Edna’s bad parenting, disloyalty to her husband, promiscuity, and decision to take her life due to the overwhelming isolation she felt. I would like to ask Edna what she thinks of these criticisms. Are they justified?
FRQ#1 “The Century Quilt” The poem “The Century Quilt” written by Marilyn Nelson Waniek is a poem written through the eyes of a girl obsessed with a quilt which holds centuries of memories. As the poem starts the develop, the message of the main character’s story is expressed through Nelson’s use of hyperboles and imagery. Other elements of the poem such as the structure and tone create and help achieve the deeper message of the poem. The exaggerations used throughout the poem help emphasize the deeper meaning of the quilt and demonstrate the main character’s love that she has developed for a such a simple thing. Nelson states in the second stanza, “Now I’ve found a quilt I’d like to die under,” the use of the writer's dramatic diction helps the reader develop and understand the emotions and the memories that the blanket has created for the reader.
A famous poetic work of Gwendolyn Brooks is “The Mother.” In this moving piece, Brooks speaks in the voice of a mother who has aborted her child. She starts powerfully with, “Abortions will not let you forget/You remember the children that you did not get.” As this was written in 1945 when abortion was a controversial issue (before rights for women and abortions were guaranteed), this bold poem brought awareness to abortion itself, written to reach out to all the mothers who have aborted their children (Shmoop). Brooks wants the audience to realize what truly happens when someone aborts their child and the effect it has on the person, and specifically this mother: she never forgets. Ever. She will always be the childless mother.
Chanel Courant Poetry Analysis As two 20th century female poets who served as feminist figureheads for the literary genre, Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich's works experience some expected crossover in thematic content and overarching ideas about the stifling entrapments of womanhood, abuse of power, and pain as means of freedom. Plath's "Lady Lazarus" focuses on the control that comes with the vulnerability and entertainment tied to public displays of mental illness, while Rich's "Valediction Forbidding Mourning" depicts the female struggle to express emotion within the confines of male dictation, and the two find their commonality in the search for autonomy in a world where women are not afforded the luxury, and where their feelings are watered down to spectacles to be watched or immaturity to be subdued. Plath's works are overwrought with autobiographical sentiments of suicide and depression, and
Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus” speaks of Plath’s failed suicide attempts and the concept of death. The poem itself is extremely personal and terribly dark. Through diction, figurative language and tone Plath is able to convey the idea in which she is a female version of Lazarus, hence the title of her poem, criticizing how society has treated her and her own self-portrait. Right off the bat, Plath masks the theme of death. In the first tercet Plath confesses that she has “done it again” and every ten years manages “it”, she never specifically addresses what this action is until later in the piece but instead sets the overall theme, which is death; both figurative and literal.
Though Charlotte Bronte achieved both, breaking the rules and simultaneously following them, Virginia Woolf decided to transform her novel into a solid statement. The novel the Voyage Out is constructed upon the views and personal opinions of each character that appears throughout the narrative. There might be various explanations to why Virginia Woolf decided to narrate Rachel’s story in this specific way, one of them being that the author is trying to emphasize the options a young woman had in her life in the 20th century. Given the fact that Woolf decided to implement the love story of Susan and her fiancée is an implication that their story is a contrast from the one of Rachel’s love. Throughout the novel, the reader does not have the ability to relate to Rachel’s story emotionally, due to the way