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Analysis and comments on Prospective Immigrants Please Note by Adrienne Rich

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Comment 22 of 127, added on June 7th, 2010 at 9:16 PM.

as far as i see, all the comments about this poem approaches the subject as
immigration, homeland etc. i would like to mention that adrienne rich
discovered that she was a lesbian, when she was married and had children.
so "the door" may also symbolize her situation as to whether to accept her
new identity or not.. at last, she chooses to accept it, to go through the
door, and divorces from her husband, which leads him to commit suicide and
die..

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Comment 21 of 127, added on May 22nd, 2010 at 4:40 PM.
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to, co som hladal, vdaka


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Comment 20 of 127, added on September 27th, 2009 at 8:39 PM.

This poem is likely not about immigration but about assimilation following
that immigration. That is the door every immigrant stands in front of. If
we note that many immigrants have changed their names or had their names
changed for them by schools, immigration officers (especially in the late
nineteenth century) we recognize that despite heading towards assimilation,
we may remember who we were or really are. It's a trade off with difficult
consequences. You can hold tight to your ethnicity as well, but that has
it's own dangers. This is not a positive happy poem but one that raises a
scenario of a difficult dilemma with no completely satisfactory choice.

Christina
Comment 19 of 127, added on November 25th, 2008 at 7:50 AM.

The main theme of the poem “Prospective Immigrants Please Note”, written by
Adrienne Rich, is the capability that we have to change our lives. It
speaks to those who are going to make life-decisions such as immigrating to
another country.
In my opinion, from a literal point of view, the poem presents the image of
a door which might be stepped through. However, beyond what the poet has
written, I find a deeper meaning: The door, to me, symbolizes chance and
opportunity. Going through the door, for me, means starting something new,
which necessarily implies leaving our old habits and our comfort. Doing
this could be hard, that is the reason why sometimes, we do not take the
opportunities, and we just live our life maintaining our behaviour and
letting the chances go.
Anyhow, if we are not brave enough to leave our country and all our friends
behind, it does not mean that it is not possible to live worthily and reach
our goals. We just have to be aware of what surrounds us understanding and
learning about what we do not know yet. As the poem suggests through the
lines below,

But much will blind you,
Much will evade you,
At what cost who knows?


To me, these lines explain how we should try to do not be facing the life
fearlessly because we could regret the decisions we did not make.
Unfortunately, as the poem conveys, “The door itself makes no promises. It
is only a door”; we have to try our best to find out our own way even if,
sometimes it signifies leaving something sure for something uncertain.
Remember, when you have to make such a hard decision it is always a
trade-off!


Micaela from Italy
Comment 18 of 127, added on November 25th, 2008 at 7:50 AM.

The main theme of the poem “Prospective Immigrants Please Note”, written by
Adrienne Rich, is the capability that we have to change our lives. It
speaks to those who are going to make life-decisions such as immigrating to
another country.
In my opinion, from a literal point of view, the poem presents the image of
a door which might be stepped through. However, beyond what the poet has
written, I find a deeper meaning: The door, to me, symbolizes chance and
opportunity. Going through the door, for me, means starting something new,
which necessarily implies leaving our old habits and our comfort. Doing
this could be hard, that is the reason why sometimes, we do not take the
opportunities, and we just live our life maintaining our behaviour and
letting the chances go.
Anyhow, if we are not brave enough to leave our country and all our friends
behind, it does not mean that it is not possible to live worthily and reach
our goals. We just have to be aware of what surrounds us understanding and
learning about what we do not know yet. As the poem suggests through the
lines below,

But much will blind you,
Much will evade you,
At what cost who knows?


To me, these lines explain how we should try to do not be facing the life
fearlessly because we could regret the decisions we did not make.
Unfortunately, as the poem conveys, “The door itself makes no promises. It
is only a door”; we have to try our best to find out our own way even if,
sometimes it signifies leaving something sure for something uncertain.
Remember, when you have to make such a hard decision it is always a
trade-off!


Micaela from Italy

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Poet: Adrienne Rich
Poem: Prospective Immigrants Please Note
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: May 25 2006


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