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Adrienne Rich Comparing and Contrasting PoemsFrom where does your strength come you southern jew split at the root raised in a castle of air This is a quote from Adrienne Richs 1982 essay Sources Adrienne Rich is a southern jew who grew up in the forties As she grew up her father hid the fact that they were Jewish Her father acted like he was fully assimilated and didnt show ethnicity in any way He did this to fit into society that was against Jewish people This quote reflects one of many themes Rich deals with in her poetry The theme is racism hate and bigotry In many of Richs works she talks about being oppressed In the poems 1948 Jews Two Arts and A Vision there is a theme of oppression In the poem 1948 Jews Rich refers to her college years At her college she was to stay away from Jews No matter how brilliant a person was she couldnt unite with them as a group because socially it was less acceptable She couldnt let herself get attached she had to avoid her own ethnicity to survive in American culture Never mind just going to sleep like an ordinary person Rich says about the situation in the end of the poem An ordinary person this portrays the feeling she had about the great discrimination that was going on at the time Rich didnt feel like an ordinary person She felt hate from society due to her background This poem differs from Richs other works in many ways I found that most of Adrienne Richs poetry was very hard to understand I found threw reading Richs poetry she sometimes left the reader room to make his her own conclusions about the meaning In this poem Rich was very clear to the point At her college there was great racial tension and she felt she could not be herself there I found that
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