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Analysis and comments on Prospective Immigrants Please Note by Adrienne Rich

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Comment 22 of 129, 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

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Comment 21 of 129, 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 129, 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.


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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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