Mary J. Carruthers: On "Power"
The first section, "Power," is about the sources and frustrations of women’s power. As she has often done before, Rich uses the life of a dead woman (Marie Curie, Elvira Shatayev) as a moral exemplum of woman under patriarchy, fragmented and cut off from the sources of her own power yet grasping towards it. Thus, Marie Curie "died a famous woman denying / her wounds / denying / her wounds came from the same source as her power." Her voice in these poems is meditative and homiletic, rising to a moral pitch which, while sometimes troubling to reviewers, is nothing new to American poetry. Rich would surely prefer that we think of Bradstreet and Dickinson, but I often also hear Robert Lowell in these poems.
|Title||Mary J. Carruthers: On "Power"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||Mary J. Carruthers||Criticism Target||Adrienne Rich|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||23 May 2020|
|Publication Status||Excerpted Criticism||Publication||"The Re-Vision of the Muse: Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Judy Grahn, Olga Broumas."|
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