She died on March 27, 2012, at the age of eighty-two. The tigers are strong and graceful, noble and proud, assertive and aggressive. The poem uses proud tigers as a symbol and then states the fear contained within Aunt Jennifer's heart. The tone appears to be positive and cheerful when the poet describes the tiger but it becomes sad and dull at times of describing aunt Jennifer. Prancing : to move around proudly. It seems that she creates a happier looking world than the one she lives in.
In line3 and 4, we can conclude the tigers are brave, sleek and stately. This shows that the tigers are moving in a happy, lively fashion. The first is vibrant, light and sure of itself whilst the second is uncertain, a little dark and hard work. Short Answer Type Questions Q1. So her hands are terrified.
In fact, Rich was known as much for her activism on behalf of women's rights as for her poetry. The wedding band ring doesn't help either. Aunt Jennifer is the victim of the male dominated society. We realize she was doing some arts, but she was not doing that easily, on the contrary, it's hard for her to pull the needle through the wool that makes the tapestry. See the comment on sibilance below. The poem does not refer to Aunt Jennifer as an individual but rather as women as a whole by placing Aunt Jennifer in a separate generation from herself. In the fifties, needles were made out of metal.
She does this to portray what she wishes her life could be, which is the ability to live without fear and with freedom. Her lack of protest suggests she is willing to endure the pain in order to achieve a feminine figure, in order to be accepted in society. The tigers of course symbolize the freedom of spirit that she dreams of attaining but never achieves except in her dreams and her art. The choice of animals for the needlework and the colorful descriptions of the tigers let us in on Aunt Jennifer's dreams. However, in a more in-depth reading you see a woman suppressed by her husband. The massive weight of Uncle's wedding band Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer's hand.
As Rich continues she begins to go deeper into the real meaning behind the creation of Aunt Jennifer's tigers. These tigers are proud they do not fear the world around. So, we have her at work sewing something, but she's not very certain of her work and it seems to be giving her difficulty. Three verses, quatrains, full end rhyme in a scheme of aabbccddeeff and a mixed iambic meter - a formal looking poem written in 1951 by a poet whose style would change significantly some years later. Who can consider her suffering and escapism without being compelled to empathize or sympathize with her plight? She spends her life in fear but she embroiders on the panel the fearless tigers to express her secret longing for a life of freedom and confidence. She just appears as though nothing had happened. The tigers will keep prancing in her needlework, and Aunt Jennifer will be immortalized through her art.
Subscribe to our Channel to get latest video lesson in English. In the year of 1951, Rich graduated from Radcliffe University. As the mountains, jungles, forests, and long grasses that have long been home to tigers disappear, so too, do tigers. Technically, the work displays flawless craftsmanship, with a carefully regulated meter and rhyming couplets. Aunt Jennifer's finger fluttering through her wool Find even the ivory needle hard to pull. These help bind the sounds as you progress through the poem. Being honorable often implies sincerity.
She will be dominated by her husband. So, she creates something beautiful to replace him. She is depicted doing needlepoint, which happens to be a very traditional activity for a woman. These ordeals may be why Jennifer chose to use ivory needles for her creations. The Poem Aunt Jennifer's tigers prance across a screen, Bright topaz denizens of a world of green. Her life has become a torture due to her suppression by her atrocious husband.
Like Freire, Rich believes people should break from society and be able to think and question things for themselves. At the heart of the poem is an image of a husband who controls and frightens his wife. A person can become violent after dealing with a difficult situation for any length of time. Her essay consists of poems, which she had written throughout different times in her life, to demonstrate the transformation in her writing. When I saw the title of the poem, the first thing we can know is the speaker had an aunt named Jennifer. It is shown that Jennifer is terrified in her marriage.
It's only twelve lines long, it has rhyming couplets, and… it's about needlepoint. Is Rich subtly implying that aunt Jennifer herself is a trophy wife for this powerful figure? But, in this respect, they are also lying to pretend that everything is alright. Aunt Jenifer 's marital life has made me understand that not all glitters are gold. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize. This poem through the world of Aunty Jennifer, tells us about her inner desire to free herself from the clutches of abusive marriage and patriarchal society. Therefore, the imaginary tigers produced by Aunt Jennifer live a type of proud and free life that she can only dream about. I am weak and she is strong.
Perhaps many people should read this poem and determine something that they can create, that will generate an imaginative way to stay around once they expire. Gallant and confident, they move ahead fearlessly undeterred by any obstacles or hindrances. Aunt Jennifer must find a way to deal with her unhappy and submissive place in life, and she does so by sewing exciting and memorable works of art. The tigers are the dwellers of the green forest so they are referred to as denizens. Because of this they believed that topaz was very powerful and protected faithful against harm.