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Analysis and comments on A Work Of Artifice by Marge Piercy

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Comment 13 of 73, added on March 7th, 2012 at 5:14 PM.
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Comment 12 of 73, added on February 11th, 2012 at 6:28 PM.
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Comment 11 of 73, added on April 6th, 2011 at 9:49 AM.

I think the poem clearly talks about women and their subordination to men
in the time.At the end of the poem we see that poet refers to four
characteristics of woman towards man or even life. Bound feet refers to
incapability of woman.Crippled brain shows the intellectual disability of
woman.The hair in curlers also refers to the lack of entering women to the
society.And finally in the line 23and 24,the hands you love to touch
illustrates the sexual women as a sex objects

behnam from Iran
Comment 10 of 73, added on February 2nd, 2011 at 5:59 AM.
Thanks Terri

Thnx Terri, you gave me my primary discourse for this poem. English
homework done! haha no rly your analysis of the poem went much further then
my first impression.

Ayden from Australia
Comment 9 of 73, added on February 2nd, 2011 at 5:59 AM.
Thanks Terri

Thnx Terri, you gave me my primary discourse for this poem. English
homework done! haha no rly your analysis of the poem went much further then
my first impression.

Ayden from Australia
Comment 8 of 73, added on April 15th, 2010 at 9:08 PM.

In this poem, Marge Piercy uses extended metaphor throughout the entire
poem to describe the oppression of women. Is explaining that the gardener
does not let the tree (woman) reach its full potential in life. He
continually keeps cutting her down and not letting her grow. By using the
gardener to represent man, and the tree to represent women, Piercy is
showing the classic ”male dominance” idea.

I really like this poem and I admire Marge Piercy for bringing her ideas
into this particular poem. I'm not saying that I am a feminist, but I think
this is a brilliant poem from a feminist veiw point. It is easy to tell
Marge put a lot of thought into this poem because she brings in lots of
chinese history. Every line in this poem is important to Marge's point in
the poem.

Terri from United States
Comment 7 of 73, added on April 23rd, 2006 at 12:40 PM.

While it may not be a masterpiece,Personally I thought it was a good poem,
and her point is clearly, seen the potential of the plant was stunted
because "he"(the gardener) wanted the plant to be pretty.And I would be
interested to see a four year old write something like that. Whoever that
four year old is, they must be a very talented child.

Anonymous from United States
Comment 6 of 73, added on March 27th, 2006 at 8:51 AM.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that a male ("John") would be so
defensive about a poem expressing the experience of so many women who have
been and continue to be bound and stunted by the control and sexism
practiced by men in our society, past and present. If you believe Piercy
could be sexist especially considering she's married to a man and has been
for quite some time, perhaps you should be reflecting on your treatment of
women in your life and why you feel so offended by Piercy telling the
truths of women who may not be able to voice it themselves. Get with the
program! Your comments themselves lessen women's chances of attaining
equality in the world. Strength and support to the women in your life
because they're gonna need it!

Stephanie from United States
Comment 5 of 73, added on February 19th, 2006 at 7:21 PM.

The poem was good, except at the end it throws you off. It was written
many years ago and it emphasizes the struggles of women. The bonsai tree
is just a metaphor she used because it can be shaped to ones liking... I
don't think she was trying to go into the "herbology" of it.

Ashley from United States
Comment 4 of 73, added on January 22nd, 2006 at 4:15 PM.

Marge Piercy appears to be both ignorant and sexist.

First of all, the tree would never grow 80ft on the side of a moutain. As a
herbologist, I think she may be suffering from a serious head injury.

I highly doubt that she called the gardener a "he" without trying to imply
anything. She should stop whining about men imposing things on women
because I've never heard of men telling women to put curlers in her hair.
Perhaps women are imposing some of these expectations on themselves.

Joe from United States

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