Women Poets Essay

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running Head: Women poets of the 1900s | Women’s Struggles for Over 100 Years | Women Poets of the 1900s | | Rachel Ford | 9/5/2012 | | 1800s&1900s: Historically, Poetically Speaking When looking at a piece of literature such as a poem in this instance from a historical perspective, it is wise to know the background of the author’s time period. When and where the author came from was more specifically the basis of what was found in a literary piece written from a historical perspective. The audience need know some of the major world events from the time period in which the poetry was written; perhaps if those events had a significant effect on the author personally. It is also wise to research how the public may have reacted to the release of this particular piece at the time. Was there a negative reaction? Was there a positive one? Did people join together in peaceful demonstration or was there a rally of negative influence? Perhaps even look at who the poetry targeted, if anyone, specifically and see why. All of these things are great pieces of information to gather when taking a deeper look into poetry being examined from a historical perspective. Moreover, in our case we are going to explore a common theme displayed in two poems written by two different women in the 1980s and 1990s. We will also venture back to the past to show its influence on these particular poems. These two poems are Singapore by Mary Oliver, and On the Subway by Sharon Olds. Again, these are two different women authors, two different poems, with one similar theme found in both. Both poems are written and now explained in a historical manner; a message to and from the women of the 1980s and 1990s. This theme is a message of power and unity against the struggles of feminist cultural norms and values found in the time period and the historical events/movements that
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