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Analysis and comments on Aunt Jennifer's Tigers by Adrienne Rich

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Comment 36 of 136, added on February 10th, 2012 at 3:24 PM.

6s5lf3 The author deserves for the monument:DD

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Comment 35 of 136, added on December 30th, 2011 at 10:27 AM.
Alex Ed wards

OMG, do you see whats transpiring in Syria? In spite of a brutal government
crackdown, the manifestations continue

Made line Fleming from United States
Comment 34 of 136, added on September 12th, 2011 at 10:03 AM.

The marriage of Aunt Jennifer is becoming strained. She seems to deal with
her emotions by sewing, which evokes gender roles in society. The heavy
ring on her finger makes the reader feel as though she wishes to take it
off. She cannot, however, and even in death her hands will not lie still
and calm. She seems to be trapped in her gender roles as wife and caretaker
and is unable to roam free like the tigers she sews into her cloth.

Adam K from United States
Comment 33 of 136, added on September 12th, 2011 at 1:09 AM.

It is clear in this poem that Aunt Jennifer finds release in her art. She
is putting the pain and anger she feels from her marraige into the tigers.
They represent "proud and unafraid" beings which Aunt Jennifer wishes she

Katriece from United States
Comment 32 of 136, added on September 11th, 2011 at 7:02 PM.

Art is an escape for a lot of people and Aunt Jennifer is one of them. She
wants to be free and fearless and have the power but she cannot get away
from the source of her problems, even in death. She not happy in her
marriage and she does not feel like there is anything she can do but sit
and suffer through it which is why the art and the tigers are so important
and represent what she wishes she could have.

Kelsey from United States
Comment 31 of 136, added on September 11th, 2011 at 6:39 PM.

Jenny seems like she is in a struggling and damaging marriage. I think she
uses her art to express the way she wants to feel. She wants to be free and
her own person.

Mitch from United States
Comment 30 of 136, added on September 11th, 2011 at 2:59 PM.

Aunt Jennifer uses her art to escape from the societal contracts she is
bound to. She creates these beautiful, strong tigers who are free kings and
queens of the forest. They make their own decisions. The tigers do not fear
men in the way that she does and do not cower in the face of pressure;
their world is wild and free where hers is controlled.
This poem refers to an early time. It is not common nowadays to create
screens made of wool and to use an ivory needle to do so. This leads me to
think that her marriage with the uncle was arranged or she was forced into
it for familial or societal reasons.
Her wedding ring weighs her down until death because it represents her lack
of freedom. The phrase "terrified hands" makes me think that her marriage
was abusive or she was incredibly timid or fragile. Even in death, it seems
she has not found freedom, but the tigers will keep representing the
strength she wished she had.

Krista from United States
Comment 29 of 136, added on September 11th, 2011 at 1:07 PM.

Aunt Jennifer has to restrain her desires being a woman and the only way
she can express her independent nature is by comparing herself with
fearless tigers. Maybe by screen in "tigers prance across the screen" she
is talking about screen of canvas, wool or paper where she can express
anything she wants and that will last longer than her controlled life.

Anu from United States
Comment 28 of 136, added on September 11th, 2011 at 12:53 PM.

In this poem, Aunt Jennifer is in an unhappy and restricting marriage,
which is why her hand is weighed down by the wedding band. Through her art,
she creates tigers who are free and not afraid of men, as she is. When she
dies, she is still not free from the hardships she endured in her marriage,
but her tigers remain free. I think through art, people can express their
feelings and create worlds in which they wish they lived in, as Aunt
Jennifer does in the poem.

Comment 27 of 136, added on May 2nd, 2011 at 12:45 PM.

Fuck niggers


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Poet: Adrienne Rich
Poem: Aunt Jennifer's Tigers
Year: 1951
Added: Feb 20 2003
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