Your Native Land, Your Life

Your Native Land Your Life The book includes two extraordinary longer works the self exploratory Sources and Contradictions Tracking Poems an ongoing index of an American woman s life The poet writes In these poems I have bee

  • Title: Your Native Land, Your Life
  • Author: Adrienne Rich
  • ISBN: 9780393310825
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback
  • The book includes two extraordinary longer works the self exploratory Sources and Contradictions Tracking Poems, an ongoing index of an American woman s life.The poet writes, In these poems I have been trying to speak from, and of, and to, my country To speak of a different claim from those staked by the patriots of the sword to speak of the land itself, the citiesThe book includes two extraordinary longer works the self exploratory Sources and Contradictions Tracking Poems, an ongoing index of an American woman s life.The poet writes, In these poems I have been trying to speak from, and of, and to, my country To speak of a different claim from those staked by the patriots of the sword to speak of the land itself, the cities, and of the imaginations that have dwelt here, at risk, unfree, assaulted, erased I believe than ever that the search for justice and compassion is the great wellspring for poetry in our time, throughout the world, though the theme of despair has been canonized in this country I draw strength from the traditions of all those who, with every reason to despair, have refused to do so.

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    1. I know I've been starting all of my reviews of Rich's volumes with some variation on "Rich in transition." So at least this won't be a surprise. But there are ways in which this joins Snapshots-of-a-Daughter-in-Law as a major turning point i the poet's long career. A large part of that has to do with her explicit, central emphasis on the complications of her Jewish heritage, complicated by her father's distancing of the heritage which was itself complicated by living on the borders of the Americ [...]

    2. This collection is poorly written in a number of important ways. First, Your Native Land, Your Life refuses to follow any patterns on the page. There is no logic to the enjambment, the spacing and punctuation is inconsistent (even within the same poem), and Rich's use of italics lacks purpose or subtlety.As far as music, it comes and goes. I only give this collection two stars because of a few brief moments where Rich temporarily goes outside of her boring, unpoetic, and vaguely political filibu [...]

    3. I love Adrienne Rich. I am not the biggest fan of her earliest work, but her talent only grew as she got older. It has been a while since I read any of her writing, but from what I recall, this may be my favorite of her collections. These poems felt particularly brave, honest, and vulnerable. I appreciated it. Many may allow this to cheapen the writing, but as always, Rich is a master. Subtle, repetitive, beautiful. Sometimes I found myself wishing she would push the boundaries even more, sharpe [...]

    4. It's more interesting as a means of reacting to whether poetry is very good at making political speeches. While I respect Rich for the pioneering work she has done in making people comfortable with using poetry to explore their various identity roles, I'm not so sure what the benefit is of using extensive quotes in a poem, quotes form another writer, and then showing agreement or disagreement, as Rich does in "Education of a Novelist."

    5. Great poet who writes a lot about relationships.From "In the Wake of Home""The family coil so twisted, tight and looseanyone trying to leavehas to strafe the fieldburn the premises down"

    6. This was disappointing. The emotional resonance of poems like "Diving into the Wreck" was lacking from this collection.

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