22 September 2013
Response to Adrienne Rich Argument
When I first looked over this book, I was hesitant at the point Rich was trying to prove. After reading the book a second time and looking deeper into the text, I realized how factual her points were. What really pushed me towards her side of the argument was the way she used her outside sources, and how closely they related to her arguments. For example when she used Jane Harrison’s source about how differently men and women wrote and thought, it linked very well with what she was trying to prove. This and the use of her personal experiences, helped reach and persuade me as an audience member.
As a male, it was hard for me to relate to some of the stuff she was trying to express. When Rich explained in the beginning that literature was dominated by a male’s point of view, I immediately questioned this statement. I thought of all the accredited female authors we have today, and wondered why she could say this. However, I started to think about the time period she was living in. One outside source she used was Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own (1929). In this she describes how women writers are always scared about what men are going think of their literature, even though they are not the audience. As Adrienne Rich stated “Virginia Woolf is addressing an audience of women, but she is acutely conscious—as she always was—of being overheard by men…” (Rich 345). This persuaded me to look at the big picture and realize what Rich was trying to get at.
Another way that Rich was able to pull me to her side was the use of her personal experiences and sources. When she talked about her home life, and what she experienced, it made me think about what women authors must go through. When Adrienne Rich explained how women’s poetry is like a blues song, it made me understand what she was trying to prove the whole time. She was trying to say that women were crying out,...
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