Brooks made a strong political statement about abortion in this poem that could easily be interpreted as pro-life. Though her subject goes back and forth between both good and bad feelings about her aborted children and what could have been, the overall tone of this writing is dark, guilt-ridden and depressing. This poem thought-provokingly addresses a prominent issue for many women at this juncture in the history of America that remains a prominent issue for women even today. “The Mother” was written in 1945, shortly after the Great Depression had ended. Due to the extensive financial hardship that came with that time, many women chose to have abortions for fear that they could not afford to properly care for a new baby.
The Bait, John Donne An Overpowering Woman John Donne’s poem, The Bait, is the detailed, metaphoric discussion of how easily a woman can overpower a man as bait can overpower a fish, trapping it forever. Although the interpretations can vary, readers can get their own understanding of this poem through both the word choices that set the tone and the imagery that Donne has used throughout this particular writing. When reading John Donne’s poem, the reader is left with their own interpretation of what The Bait is saying to them. From one point of view it appears that Donne is the narrator as he discusses how easily men are overpowered and drawn to women, which is the fish being drawn to the bait. He, the narrator, has a discussion about his lover and the world that they could live in if she should “catch” him over the other fishes, who swim from all around as they are lured in by her beauty and their own desires for her.
A common worldwide value that Harwood rejects as the normality in life with her poems. Harwood battles against the traditions that she believes support this downgrading by continually returning to the issue. In “Home of Mercy” there is a line in the poem. Here I believe she is talking about the Magdalene Asylums. It was a place of slave labor laundries from the 18th to the late-20th centuries to house "fallen women", a term used to imply female sexual promiscuity.
Stimulated by the frustration of the masculine control that dominated the Victorian era, Virginia Woolf displayed her genuine feelings of repression in her essay “Professions for Women.” Written in 1931, Woolf discusses the internal struggles many women deal with everyday, and how she was able to overcome these stereotypes of women to become an individual. In Barbara Ehrenreich’s essay, written in 2001, “Nickel and Dimed,” she recounts a time in her life where she left everything behind to investigate the difficulties low-wage workingwomen face. While both were faced with challenges, the way each of them handled these challenges was very different. Virginia Woolf shows her self-motivation to do well and become respected by others for her mind and dedication, regardless of the fact that she was a woman. Barbara Ehrenreich has a difficult time going from middle class, to a low wage cleaning lady living in a world controlled by a male.
Zoë Wickham May 5th 2008 6th Period The Woman in “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a feminist writer and in her short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” she creates a women going crazy because of her husband’s firm hold on her. The woman trapped in the wallpaper is a symbol of how women are trapped by men. Written in first person, this short story contains a series of entries the woman writes in secret. The husband controls every move his wife takes, every hour planned with the pills she needs. Once the woman character in this short story develops her own sense of control apart from her husband she can plan her flight to freedom.
Marriage in “The Applicant” Sylvia Plath’s autobiographical poetry was controversial throughout the literary community. She wrote about her views on topics that went against a lot of society’s accepted norms. Plath challenged the boundaries in the poetic world. She wrote about personal topics that were seen as taboo at the time, expressing her emotions through them. A few of the topics included sexuality, mental illness, and suicide.
Jane Austen is a renowned writer who portrays her personal life through the actions and spoken words of her novels. Many of the hardships that she had to undergo became the basis for her novels, including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. The experiences that she had throughout her life became ideas for stories of young women desperately trying to break free of the social classes. Her novels normally revolve around a young couple deeply in love but torn apart by society and its views on wealth and fortune. In comparing the novel Pride and Prejudice (p&p) with film Sense and Sensibility (s&s), one is able to discern the obvious commonalities while search for the differences.
Plath is able to strongly convey a central theme of suicide by relief of pain, and the result of abandonment and inactivity. Relief of pain through suicide is one of the most common themes used in Sylvia Plath’s poetry. In “Lady Lazarus”, Plath writes about her attempts at suicide. “And like the cat I have nine times to die. / This is number three (Plath 21-22).” In the poem she describes the two previous attempts at killing herself when she says “The first time it happened I was ten.
'Seascape' by Alison Chisholm is a poem about a mother trying coming to terms with the death of a young child. Chisholm makes this poem poignant and moving through her use of various techniques such as; alliteration, personification and repetition. Chisholm uses personification very effectively in this poem to highlight how upset the mother feels at the lost of her child. "Heard a seashell water's roar". Up until this point in the third stanza of the poem, the beach and sea have seemed quite friendly and pleasant, however, the word 'roar' here suggests a vicious animal, such as a tiger or lion; these animals are predators, and so the suggestion here is that the sea has because a predator, who has preyed on her son.