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  Adrienne Rich - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Adrienne Rich (born May 16, 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American feminist, poet, teacher, and writer.
Rich was born May 16, 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland, the elder of two daughters of Arnold Rich, a doctor and pathology professor at Johns Hopkins University, and Helen Jones Rich, a gifted pianist and composer who had given up a possible professional musical career to raise a family.
Rich's third book Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (1963), which was eight years in the writing, stands as a watershed in her poetic development.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Adrienne_Rich   (719 words)

 Rich's Life and Career--by Deborah Pope
Rich was born 16 May 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland, the elder of two daughters of Arnold Rich, a doctor and pathology professor at Johns Hopkins University, and Helen Jones Rich, a gifted pianist and composer who had given up a possible professional musical career to raise a family.
Rich's earlier, inchoate feelings of personal conflict, sexual alienation, and cultural oppression were finding increasing articulation in the larger social/political currents gathering force throughout the sixties, from the civil rights movements to the antiwar movement, to the emergent women's movement.
Rich's voice is most characteristically the voice of witness, oracle, or mythologizer, the seer with the burden of "verbal privilege" and the weight of moral imagination, who speaks for the speechless, records for the forgotten, invents anew at the site of erasure of women's lives.
www.english.uiuc.edu /maps/poets/m_r/rich/bio.htm   (1019 words)

 Seattle Arts & Lectures - Adrienne Rich
Rich was twenty-one, and her work was invested in the formalism that characterized the canonical tradition of Eliot, Yeats, Frost and Auden.
Rich shifted to a free verse line, and launched on what would become a career of poetry that demanded consciousness and self-interrogation of writer and reader, and an implacable critique of social injustice.
Rich entered her most influential period: as a feminist and a lesbian she spoke out for equality for women, gays, and those disenfranchised by race and class.
www.lectures.org /rich.html   (451 words)

 Survival Requires Revision: Looking Back on Adrienne Rich, by Sarah Brown
As Rich re-visions "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers," she describes it being important to her that "Aunt Jennifer was a person as distinct from [herself] as possible- distanced by the formalism of the poem, by its objective, observant tone- even putting the woman in a different generation" (608).
Rich began to notice that her fragments and scraps of writing all had a is common consciousness and a common theme, one which she would have been very unwilling to put on paper at an earlier time because she had been taught that poetry should be 'universal,'which meant, of course, nonfemale" (61 1).
Rich describes the poem as " a reconnection as a part of herself she felt she was losing- the active principle, the energetic imagination, the "half brother" whom she had projected for many years, into the constellation Orion" (7).
composition.miami.edu /students/webster/sarah-brown.html   (2487 words)

 American Passages - Unit 15. Poetry of Liberation: Authors
Born in Baltimore, Adrienne Rich describes her mother and grandmother as "frustrated artists," whose talents were denied expression by culture and circumstance.
By the end of the 1950s and early 1960s, however, Rich's poetry had changed markedly as she began exploring women's issues and moving away from formal poetry toward a free verse that she saw as less patriarchal and more in tune with her true voice.
In the 1980s, Rich wrote a number of dialogue poems, the best-known of which is her "Twenty-One Love Poems." This series modernizes the Elizabethan sonnet sequences written by men to idealized women by directing the poems to an unnamed female lover.
www.learner.org /amerpass/unit15/authors-8.html   (565 words)

 Adrienne Rich
Rich is one of our most distinguished poets – this is, by my count, her 16th book of poems – and one of the things that distinguishes her art is a restless need to confront difficulty, a refusal to be easily appeased.
For Rich herself, it was simply the fulfilment of a desire that had lain dormant through the decades of her frustrating marriage: "The suppressed lesbian I had been carrying in me since adolescence began to stretch her limbs," she wrote.
Adrienne Rich is one of a few living American poets widely read and celebrated outside the United States - and for good reason; she is one of the few living American poets whose work, book after book, has spoken of political realities beyond the US with the same urgency as those within it.
www.arlindo-correia.com /adrienne_rich.html   (5142 words)

 Out In The Mountains : Arts - Queer Classics: The Poetry & Prose of Adrienne Rich   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Rich – a tiny, delicate-appearing woman with a strong, sparkling gaze – seemed to appreciate the audience’s reverence and her own power, yet without a trace of arrogance.
Rich worries that in the US poetry – not unlike politics – is falsely perceived as having “nothing to do with the hard core of things,” incomprehensible to all but the elite.
Rich’s career since the 1970s is too complex to be neatly summarized, her thinking too multifaceted to be reduced to a sound bite.
www.mountainpridemedia.org /oitm/issues/2002/12dec2002/ae10_qclassics.htm   (1132 words)

 Adrienne Rich: A Critical Analysis
Rich’s poetry uses rich images to help the reader obtain a clear picture of meaning, and her poems have developed consistently over her years as a writer to achieve a focus on her themes and ideals.
Rich is a poet who writes what she knows, as we have been told to do in class, and it shows throughout her collections that, for her, it has been most effective.
Rich has a way of choosing images that fit the object she is trying to portray.
personal.monm.edu /stone_catherine/adrienne_rich.htm   (3371 words)

 Adrienne Rich
For those to whom it matters, Adrienne Rich grew op the daughter of a doctor and was exposed to ‘literate culture and reading’ from an early age.
Rich strove to write, "directly and overtly as a woman, out of a woman’s body and experience…society is split at the root…Art is separated from politics and the poet’s identity as a woman is separated from her art"(NAAL, 2690).
Rich sought her own ‘language’ which would not only expose those divisions-between man and woman-but would also integrate those divisions into the self and the world.
www.louisville.edu /a-s/english/subcultures/colors/lavender/sllaym01/richlink.html   (429 words)

 The Poetry Center at Smith College -- Biographies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The one prize Rich chose to decline was the National Medal for the Arts, awarded in 1997 by the National Endowment for the Arts and President Clinton.
Rich’s commitment to a ruthless examination of the self, as well as of society, has produced a body of work that traces her transformation from the well-behaved wife and formalist of the early poems to the fierce and politically artful writer she became.
Rich’s work is living, necessary proof of the need for and the possibility of union between art and politics.
www.smith.edu /poetrycenter/bios.php?name=arich   (410 words)

 The Academy of American Poets - Adrienne Rich
Adrienne Rich was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1929.
Rich has received the Bollingen Prize, the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award, the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the National Book Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship; she is also a former Academy Chancellor.
In 1997 Adrienne Rich was awarded the Academy's Wallace Stevens Award for outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.
www.poets.org /poet.php/prmPID/49   (280 words)

 Adrienne Rich
Adrienne Rich: Well, it's interesting that you ask me that, because I just got back from Chile, from an International Poetry Festival, and I realized after I'd been there a day and a half that I was witnessing a huge expression of public happiness.
Rich: In a true sense, even the little that was coming over the media, it inspired people all over the country.
Rich: Well, until recently, until the stock market fell, these were supposed to be the best times in history, this was supposed to be the happiest country in the world; everybody was supposedly doing well, and I mean it was all a lie, of course.
www.realchangenews.org /pastissuesupgrade/2001_04_19/features/adrienne_rich.html   (1362 words)

 Adrienne Rich Convocation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
A teacher and activist, Rich is the recipient of the 1996 Tanning Award for Mastery in the Art of Poetry.
Rich is well-known for declining to accept the National Medal of the Arts from President Bill Clinton in 1997.
Rich is the author of more than 15 volumes of poetry, including Diving into the Wreck, The Dream of a Common Language and Midnight Salvage.
www.denison.edu /publicaffairs/pressreleases/richbeck.html   (314 words)

 Adrienne Rich   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Adrienne Rich is one of the major American poets of the last half of this century.
In a letter published by the New York Times, Rich wrote to Jane Alexander, then-head of the National Endowment for the Arts: "I cannot accept such an award from President Clinton or this White House because the very meaning of art, as I understand it, is incompatible with the cynical politics of this administration."
Rich's career took flight in 1951, when W.H. Auden selected the 21-year-old's first collection of poetry for inclusion in the Yale Younger Poets series.
www.bostonphoenix.com /archive/1in10/99/06/RICH.html   (1839 words)

 Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)
Rich employs free verse, dialogue, and the interweaving of several voices.
In addition, in the case of Rich, any paper that would link her to other women writers of the twentieth century (and the nineteenth, for that matter) would be useful.
Rich is often quoted as an important cultural critic who provides the context for feminist thought in general in the twentieth century.
college.hmco.com /english/heath/syllabuild/iguide/rich.html   (593 words)

 glbtq >> literature >> Rich, Adrienne
In the mid-1980s, Rich's fusing of the personal and political is poignantly voiced in "In Memoriam: D.K." (1986), her tribute to one of her ablest critics and supporters, David Kalstone:
Committed to plumbing her various heritages, Rich's poetry contains depths and breadths of psychological and social meanings that resonate to and from identities, subjectivities, rationalities, and emotions.
Adrienne Rich lends new meaning to Ralph Waldo Emerson's nineteenth-century proclamation that the poet is no mere versifier but a seer and sayer, for this American lesbian feminist poet utters truths denied or previously unrealized so plainly, memorably, and forcibly that they demand to be reckoned with.
www.glbtq.com /literature/rich_a,3.html   (1233 words)

 Rutgers Writing Program - 100 - Adrienne Rich
For your second essay, I would like you to establish a connection between Rich's ideas about honor and lying, and Gilmore's ideas about honor and "being good at being a man." I would also like you to explore the ways in which honor is created in opposing circumstances and in opposing cultures.
Consider, especially, the following passage from Rich's essay: "I want to reiterate that when we talk about women and honor, or women and lying, we speak within the context of male lying, the lies of the powerful, the lie as a false source of power" (421).
Circle the terms and ideas that you think are most important to Rich and most essential to her argument.
www.rci.rutgers.edu /~wp/teachers/100/sample_assignments/rich.html   (2534 words)

 MetroActive Books | Adrienne Rich
Adrienne Rich, ringing voice of a restive female generation, author of 15 volumes of poems, recipient of Guggenheims and National Book Awards, flatly refused a National Medal for the Arts from the White House.
Rich looks hard at torture, oppression and war, visiting battlefields and cells like a ghost returning to the scene of death.
Coming as it does after an exhaustive chronicle of disappointments and complications, the final verse seems to say that the best that can be hoped for is the continuation of life from day to day, and the grace of poetry to keep appearing.
www.metroactive.com /papers/cruz/02.03.99/rich-9905.html   (469 words)

 Salmon Publishing Online Bookshop | ADRIENNE RICH Selected Poems 1950-1995
Adrienne Rich is without question one of the most distinguished contemporary poets.
Adrienne Rich: Selected Poems 1950-1995 contains poems from her first and recent works as well as twelve others, including Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (1963), Diving into the Wreck (1973), A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far (1981) and An Atlas of the Difficult World (1991).
Adrienne Rich has taught at several major universities in the U.S., most recently Stanford University.
www.salmonpoetry.com /rich.html   (171 words)

 From Revolution to Reconstruction: Outlines: Outline of American Literature: American Poetry Since 1945: Authors: ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Among women poets of the idiosyncratic group, Elizabeth Bishop and Adrienne Rich have garnered the most respect in recent years.
Though Rich began by writing poems in traditional form and meter, her works, particularly those written after she became an ardent feminist in the 1960s, embody strong emotions.
Rich's poem "The Roofwalker" (1961), dedicated to poet Denise Levertov, imagines poetry writing, for women, as a dangerous craft.
odur.let.rug.nl /~usa/LIT/rich.htm   (179 words)

 Adrienne Rich   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Adrienne Rich was educated at Radcliffe College.
Rich seeks to write in a language that integrates elements of our culture that have become separated, among them, art and politics, female poets and their identities as women.
Rich is a poet of deep and daring transformations -- of herself, of her voice and prosody, and of her role as a poet in a fast-changing postwar America.
www.wwnorton.com /college/english/naal5/explore/rich.htm   (532 words)

 Hot Ink
Poet and writer Adrienne Rich refused to accept the National Medal of the Arts in July.
Hot Ink here reprints Adrienne Rich's letter of refusal, in which she repudiates the Clinton Administration for allowing the destruction of federal arts funding.
To further understand Adrienne Rich's position, our Hot Ink Reprint is complemented by EXCERPTS from Rich's explanation, and her 1983 poem For the Record -- both reprinted here today.
www.hotink.com /8797.html   (408 words)

 Adrienne Rich
Rich's unwavering passion for a more just world is in constant dialogue with her sense of life's impossible complexity.
W.H. Auden chose Adrienne Rich for the Yale Younger Poet series when she was a mere 21.
This volume collects Rich's essays from the last decade of the twentieth century, including four earlier essays, as well as several conversations that go further than the usual interview.
www.queertheory.com /histories/r/rich_adrienne.htm   (1174 words)

 Dana Gioia Online - Adrienne Rich   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Now seventy, Adrienne Rich, the poet laureate of radical feminism, sees the future mostly in terms of her own past.
Rich, who has lived in Santa Cruz for the past fifteen years, enjoys–and also perhaps suffers from–a unique status in American poetry.
Ironically, the writer Rich now most closely resembles is Ezra Pound, a political poet of wildly different creed.
www.danagioia.net /essays/erich.htm   (675 words)

 Adrienne Rich ★ Steven Barclay Agency
Since receiving the Yale Younger Poets Award in 1951, at the age of twenty-one, Adrienne Rich has not stopped writing in her distinct voice, with strength and conviction.
Adrienne Rich is the recipient of the 1999 Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2003, Adrienne Rich was awarded the Bollingen Prize for Poetry.
www.barclayagency.com /rich_a.html   (340 words)

 American Literature Web Resources: Adrienne Rich
The dominant influences on the life and work of Adrienne Rich were her father, feminism, lesbianism, her life as a mother, and her experiences as a woman.
Adrienne Rich was born in Maryland, May 16th.
Rich was Professor of English at Douglass and Rutgers University.
www.millikin.edu /ACI/CROW/chronology/richbio.html   (585 words)

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