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Analysis and comments on My Mouth Hovers Across Your Breasts by Adrienne Rich

Comment 9 of 9, added on April 13th, 2014 at 5:47 AM.
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Allie from Slovakia Republic
Comment 8 of 9, added on August 3rd, 2010 at 8:44 PM.
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janylverdu from United States
Comment 7 of 9, added on May 9th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 6 of 9, added on December 2nd, 2009 at 8:29 PM.
Lesbianism

Although Rich's narrator in this poem is in throws of a sexual experience
with a woman, the gender or sexual orientation of the narrator is not
exposed. As a gay woman, I take this poem as a woman making love to another
woman, but the same lines that allow me to read the poem in this view also
tend themselves to a heterosexual experience as well. This, in itself is
the true gift of Rich. She herself was married and never explicitly stated
her sexuality, but she accurately and beautifully relayed an experience
that is believed to never have been experienced by her. Rich, in her
entirety, is a blessing to American poetry and lesbian literature as a
whole, despite her ambiguity.

Paige from United States
Comment 5 of 9, added on December 31st, 2007 at 12:32 AM.

Of course the themes of the poem are relevant to anybody who's ever loved
anybody. But the fact that it's a female narrator addressing another female
is hugely significant because representing lesbian sexual experience is
still a radical act in the tradition of western literature. This poem does
it beautifully.

eleanor from United Kingdom
Comment 4 of 9, added on March 1st, 2007 at 3:33 PM.

I do not see that it matters at all that it is a woman writing to or about
another woman. Kirsty Gunn in her article in the Guardian24/02, through
which I came to Adrienne Rich, talks about her love for her children using
the same images "my own breath against their soft necks". I am an old man
now, and glad to say that I have loved a woman, and my kids, with the same
irreplaceable hot joy. My life is worth living just to have felt that.
PC

Patrick Cogswell from United Kingdom
Comment 3 of 9, added on January 21st, 2006 at 8:47 AM.

As a lesbian reading this poem, it means so much. The language is so
powerful, and as I read I could be, I am, the narrator, making love on a
winter afternoon with the woman I love.

Hayley from United Kingdom
Comment 2 of 9, added on September 29th, 2005 at 6:01 AM.

This is the first poem by Rich that i've read and i must say, it's quite
surprising - i know a little bit about her life through discovering Anne
Sexton and i had no idea that she was a lesbian (i'm assuming she is from
this poem, please correct me if this assumption is inaccurate).

Linnea from Australia
Comment 1 of 9, added on August 2nd, 2005 at 12:07 AM.

Nice... this poem is like a faded memory

Meeghan from Australia

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Poet: Adrienne Rich
Poem: My Mouth Hovers Across Your Breasts
Added: Mar 10 2005
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Poem of the Day: Oct 11 2012


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