An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988-1991 by Adrienne Rich

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By Adrienne Rich

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"In an interview with invoice Moyers, Adrienne wealthy reviews that the identify poem of her 1991 quantity, An Atlas of the tricky global, "reflects at the of my state, which I wrote very consciously as a citizen poet, the geography, the heritage, the folk of my country" (345). the categorical occasion that led wealthy to write down a poem concerning the current situation of the us was once the Persian Gulf battle of 1991, which on a distinct celebration she describes because the first Bush administration's ploy to distract humans from family "anger and despair" ("I take place to Think" 33). "An Atlas of the tough World" is a longer inquiry into the character of patriotism in time of war—as wealthy says within the poem: "I am bent on fathoming what it capability to like my country" (Atlas 22). It services as either geography and heritage, supplying a breathtaking view of Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties America—the "difficult world" of the title—haunted via the contradictory legacies of freedom and oppression, idealism and materialism, democracy and capitalism. Like Whitman, whose attribute concepts of catalogue and anecdote she borrows in her poem, wealthy acknowledges the good promise of the USA, but in addition recognizes its unfavourable parts. Like Muriel Rukeyser, the second one very important precursor within the poem, she takes her readers on a highway journey to areas they another way may by no means chance to discover. Approximating in size T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, or even together with a few endnotes, "An Atlas of the tough World" bargains an image of present-day the US in a nation of hindrance which, wealthy hopes, can however be reversed and resolved."

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1922) II. ’ III. E’en as I deftly wielded brush and comb, A hated friend asked if I were at home. With indescribable relief I heard My valet say that I had gone to Rome! IV. The coolness of the morning after rain Had eased from off my head the throbbing pain, But since a modest luncheon at the Troc It’s unaccountably returned again! V. I wondered oft if life could be enjoyed Were it entirely of the vine devoid I think if alcohol were e’er debarred, My father more than I would be annoyed. VI. Why is it when the barber us attacks And with long scissors snips and pulls and hacks, Should we emerge with smoothened shining poll And horrid tickling hairs all down our backs?

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