Bleeding Heart By Giménez Smith Analysis

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Throughout the years, women have fought for the same rights as men do. Some may argue that women are still doing this with the current wage gap and the fight against sexual assault. But poet Carmen Giménez Smith does this in a different way. In her poetry, she shows the raw reality of being a female in the darkest ways. Giménez Smith work explores many issues that affect the lives of females. Many of her works have an underlying tone of brutally honest realism in it. For example, in “Bleeding Heart”, Giménez Smith shows vivid imagery in this poem. This poem is a one stanza, 22 lines, free verse poem, which seems to be the poet’s preferred style of writing. This poem can be broken down into two parts: the little heart bleeding and the big heart bleedings. She first writes, My heart is bleeding. It bleeds upward and fills my mouth up with salt. It bleeds because of a city in ruins, the chair still warm from sister's body, because it will all be irreproducible. My heart bleeds because of baby bear not finding mama bear and it bleeds to the tips of my fingers like I painted my nails Crimson.
Sometimes my heart bleeds so much I am a raisin.

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In the first poem, “Bleeding Heart”, Giménez Smith sounds broken and depressed. She’s overly sensitive over everything and her heart is bleeding out for it. She bleeds so much she dries up like a raisin. And like a raisin she becomes tougher. In the second poem, “Pillow Talk”, Giménez Smith shows exactly this. She is no longer a slave. She will take matters in her own hands and take care of herself. She has no sorrow for anyone. But in the third poem, “The Daughter”, her tone softens much more. She still has that underlying ominous tone, but not as broken as it was in “Bleeding Heart”. Her priority is no longer just herself, but her daughter as well. She’s worried she will become

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