There must be…

There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.

– Adrienne Rich


born in Baltimore, Maryland, The United States May 16, 1929
died: March 27, 2012
gender: female
genre: Poetry , Literature & Fiction , Gay & Lesbian

Adrienne Rich (b. 1929). Born to a middle-class family, Rich was educated by her parents until she entered public school in the fourth grade. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Radcliffe College in 1951, the same year her first book of poems, A Change of World, appeared. That volume, chosen by WH Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, and her next, The Diamond Cutters and Other Poems (1955), earned her a reputation as an elegant, controlled stylist.

In the 1960s, however, Rich Began in dramatic shift away from her earlier mode as she took up political and feminist themes and stylistic experimentation in works longer available as Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (1963), The Necessities of Life (1966), Leaflets (1969), and The Will to Change (1971). In Diving into the Wreck (1973) and The Dream of a Common Language (1978), she continued to experiment with form and to deal with the experiences and aspirations of women from a feminist perspective.

Rich has published many essays on poetry, feminism, motherhood, and lesbianism. Her recent collections include An Atlas of the Difficult World (1991) and Dark Fields of the Republic: Poems 1991-1995 (1995).


One thought on “There must be…

  1. ‘May 16, 1929: Poet, activist, and MacArthur “genius” Adrienne Rich was born in Baltimore, Maryland, 84 years ago today. In 1997 she turned down the National Medal for the Arts in a protest against the disparity of justice in America.’
    – Goodreads

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