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Rachel Boreo
Literary Analysis

In poetry, writers often feel or think with a purpose. In the poem, Ella in a Square Apron, Along Highway 80, written by Judy Grahn, there are significant words she uses in order to enhance the personification between women and animals. Along with the poem titled Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers, by Adrienne Rich, imagery is taken into consideration when reading into her representations of the feministic personality. Equally, these two poems relate feministic characteristics to those of animals through use of imagery while both are portraying women to reflect the skin of their concealed feelings. Throughout Grahn’s poem, feminine characterization is portrayed through her constant connection and linkage to those similar actions of a broken down mother, and a common rattlesnake. Grahn introduces such word play with an exclamation that “She’s a copperhead waitress, tired and sharp-worded”/ (line one) in order to give the reader the fairly elaborate picture of Ella. Grahn familiarizes the reader with the looks of Ella being a tough, proud, fierce, redheaded waitress, who would do anything to protect her young; much like a rattlesnake would, therefore, introducing the idea that the common woman is much like a rattlesnake. Grahn uses a great deal of imagery words to attempt to persuade the reader that everyday women are as tough and aggressive as a rattlesnake in such that “She keeps her mind the way men keep a knife” (line seven) implying that the common worn out woman is still as sharp as can be and demands the respect she may not continuously get. For the reason being that neither women have the satisfactory lives they wish for, they portray their wants and feelings onto the animal they feel fits them best. Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers is written in iambic pentameter, therefore enhancing the effect and her feelings. In the poem, Rich makes Aunt Jennifer out as a meek, fearful, woman who is embroidering these beautiful tigers whom she...
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