Aunt Jennifer 's Tigers, By Adrienne Rich Essay
three stanzas of four lines each. Each stanza is made up of two couplets with a rhyme scheme
of aabb. This is a formal verse and not a free verse poem. Rich presents an example of feminist
poetry with dominance and emotional tensions of the 20th century where women found
themselves as insecure and afraid of the patriarchal social authorities. It is an autobiographical
poem that reflects the deepest corners of Adrienne Rich’s mind regarding her feminist feelings
in Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers. Aunt Jennifer represents women all over the world, particularly women
in America, who were caught under the oppressive hand of the patriarchal society, Adrienne
Rich was perhaps one of those women. This summarizes the most important theme in the
poem, which is a male-dominated society that leaves women with no choice but to marry and
be resigned to their fate along with silencing them in regards to their rights.
In stanza 1, the speaker who seems to have an Aunt named Jennifer, speaks to us in a
pretty familiar way. As if we know who Aunt Jennifer is. As the speaker describes the prancing
tigers, we think of them as happy and calm. The screen on which they prance across could be a
television screen. In a place illustrated as, “bright topaz denizens of a world of green” (I. 3).
Perhaps a rich green forest in which they roam freely, as one would expect of tigers in the wild.…