Essay on Analysis Of Carolyn Kizer 's Poem ' Bitch '

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Most of today’s society has had an experience like the character in Carolyn Kizer’s poem “Bitch”, by meeting an ex-significant lover/partner when visiting a local place. The awkward first moment while making eye contact with one another just like a past experience, often creates a challenge about the appropriate way to act. Especially, if the past experiences was not pleasant and/or was full of male dominance. Carolyn Kizer shows this in her poem through the theme, which is, you should never chase after something that was never really yours to begin with and is more harmful than rewarding.
Beginning with the title, “Bitch”, most readers will associate this word to have two possible meanings. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary the word bitch can be defined as, a female dog or “a malicious, spiteful, or overbearing woman —sometimes used as a generalized term of abuse”. Both definitions can be associated with the experiences the character goes through in the poem. The importance of Kizer including both meanings of the word conveys her feelings about elucidating the historical situation of women in a male-dominant world. Without having this as the title, readers would not get the same intense feeling of how women get treated unfairly and the moods of a female dog compared to any dog.
The poems structure is made up of one long 34 lines stanza with irregular line lengths and no obvious rhyme scheme. It also is a free verse poem and there is no set meter throughout. By having…

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