Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

A selective list of online literary criticism and analysis for the American mid-20th-century, lesbian, feminist poet Adrienne Rich, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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introduction & literary criticism

"Adrienne Rich." A biography by Deborah Pope. Brief critical commentary: on "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers," on "Shooting Script," on "Trying to Talk with a Man," on "Diving into the Wreck," on "Twenty-One Love Poems," on "Power," on "(Dedications)." Roger Gilbert on comparing Elizabeth Bishop and Adrienne Rich. Also essays and letters by Adrienne Rich, interviews with Adrienne Rich, and more. Modern American Poetry. Ed. Cary Nelson.

"Adrienne Rich." A brief biography. Also, "Going for Motherlode: on Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born," by Miranda Field; also "Groundbreaking Book: Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich (1973)"; also "The Young Insurgent's Commonplace-Book: Adrienne Rich's 'Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law,'" by Marilyn Hacker. Academy of American Poets.

"Adrienne Rich." An introduction to Adrienne Rich at the UK national site for poetry, the Poetry Archive. Includes audio files of Adrienne Rich reading some of her poems. Directors, Andrew Motion & Richard Carrington.

"Adrienne Rich." A short introduction to Adrienne Rich, and sample poems. The Poetry Center at Smith College. Ellen Doré Watson, Director.

"Adrienne Rich." An introduction to Adrienne Rich's poetry, selected poems, and additional essays, from the Poetry Foundation.

"Poet and pioneer." A profile of Adrienne Rich. Guardian 14 June 2002.

Carruthers, Mary J. "The Re-Vision of the Muse: Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Judy Grahn, Olga Broumas." Excerpt from Carruthers's article on lesbian poetry, orig. pub. in The Hudson Review 36, 2 (Summer 1983), at Modern American Poetry.

Clark, Miriam Marty. "Human Rights and the Work of Lyric in Adrienne Rich." Cambridge Quarterly 38 (2009) [first page of article only].

Slowik, Mary. "The Friction of the Mind." Massachusetts Review 25, 1 (Spring 1984) p 142 [subscription service, links to other scholarly articles on Rich are available through this page].

Hass, Robert. A close reading of Adrienne Rich's "Shattered Head." By former poet laureate Robert Hass. Washington Post 16 May 1999.

Martin, Wendy. "Adrienne Rich." A Teacher's Guide for Adrienne Rich. Includes classroom strategies and Rich's themes, forms and style. From educational publisher Heath.


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