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Adrienne Rich

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Adrienne Cecile Rich is an American poet, essayist and feminist. She has been called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century."

Life and Career

Early Life

Adrienne Rich was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the older of two sisters. Her father, the renowned pathologist Arnold Rice Rich, was a professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and her mother, Helen Jones Rich, was a concert pianist until she married. Her father was Jewish and her mother was a Southern Protestant; the girls were raised as Christians. Adrienne Rich's early poetic influence stemmed from her father who encouraged her to... more »

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  • The mother's battle for her child—with sickness, with poverty, with war, with all the forces of exploitation and callousness that cheapen human life—needs to become a common human battle, wa...
    Adrienne Rich (20th century), U.S. author. Of Women Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution (1976).
  • ''... I am an instrument in the shape/of a woman trying to translate pulsations/into images for the relief of the body/and the reconstruction of the mind.''
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet and feminist. "Planetarium," lines 42-45 (1968). Thinking of Caroline Herschel (1750-1848), an astronomer.
  • ''A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.''
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (l. 26). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, ...
  • ''The glass has been falling all the afternoon''
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet. Storm Warnings (l. 1). . . Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. Norton...
  • ''The will to change begins in the body not in the mind
    My politics is in my body, accruing and expanding with every act of resistance and each of my failures.''
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet and feminist. "Tear Gas," lines 38-39 (1969).
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  • Rookie Kerre Willsher (7/2/2013 11:55:00 PM)

    I would like to find out which book Adrienne Rich's poem Transit is published in and any critiques of it. I am a PhD student in disability research. I have a copy of the poem but cannot locate the source.
    Kerre

  • Rookie Sadia Huma (12/12/2006 1:35:00 PM)

    i need critical analysis of implosions

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