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Aunt Jennifers Tigers by Adrienne Rich is about a woman struggling todeal with her oppressive and constrained lifestyle and as a way ofexpressing and freeing herself she turns to sewing memorable works ofart This is not the poet Adrienne Riche first poem that deals withissues women face She felt dominated by her fathers strong personalitywhile growing up and didnt accept how the cultural norm for men was todominate their wives She often wrote poems based on everydayexperiences so they came from her heart Being a woman who was an openfeminist lesbian which was very taboo when she was alive 1929-2012she wrote many works of writing about womens inequality and feministrelated material She pushed hard for political changes and iscredited with bringing the oppression of women and lesbians to theforefront of poetic discourse She famously declined the NationalMedal of Arts in protest of the governments vote to end funding for theNational Endowment for the arts In this particular poem AuntJennifers Tigers she uses the poem structure figurative languageand imagery to help portray her thoughts feelings and emotions The structure of the poem is three stanzas of 4 lines each with eachstanza having two couplets She probably uses couplets for simplicitysake and follows a sort of iambic pentameter However the first 2lines of each stanza are not as neat or follow the iambic pattern asprecisely as the last 2 lines of each stanza This could be the poetsown doing trying to emphasis that the story which deals with anoppressed woman is not going to run perfectly or smooth The poemfollows a certain unwritten pattern where it embraces the reader andthen breaks the pattern possibly because it is trying to show that AuntJennifer is both trapped by her marriage but yearns to break loosethrough her tigers structurally by breaking the patternnorm Thecouplets themselves are special too in a sense that they are heroiccouplets rhyming couplets on an iambic pentameter This could beAdriennes attempt to help us see
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