When you claim to be ugly society tells you that you’re beautiful and when you say that you’re beautiful society tells you that you are conceited. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Society tells us what we should be, who we should be, what we should look and act like and what is perfect. Too many woman try to fit this ideal of what we should be based on media and society in an imperfect world. Marge Piercy is criticizing this in her poem “Barbie doll” written in 1999. The poem shows how ridiculous it is the way we try to conform to what society’s ideals are for the perfect woman. Marge Piercy an American poet, novelist, and social activist was born in Detroit, Michigan, to a family deeply affected by the Great Depression. She was the first in her family to attend college, studying at the University of Michigan. Her first book of poems, Breaking Camp, was published in 1968.An indifferent student in her early years, Piercy developed a love of books when she came down with rheumatic fever in her mid-childhood and could do little but read. "It taught me that there's a different world there, that there were all these horizons that were quite different from what I could see," she said in a 1984 wired interview. As of 2004 she is author of seventeen volumes of poems, among them The Moon is Always Female and The Art of Blessing the Day , as well as fifteen novels, one play, one collection of essays, one nonfiction book, and one memoir.
Marge Piercy was born March 31, 1936 in Detroit into a family that had been, like many others, affected by the Depression. She was raised a Jew by her grandmother. At age fifteen Piercy began writing both poetry and fiction, right after her family moved into a house where she had a room of her own with a door that shut – in other words, when she had privacy for the first time. Her novels and poetry often focus on...
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