The Evolving Poetry of Marge Piercy
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This paper analyzes the poetry of Marge Piercy, focusing on her life and work from the early years to the present day. The paper describes how Piercy's writing style and imagery evolved throughout her life, as her early years reflected a world of fast-paced, Cold War attitudes and her later years reflect balance and a greater reverence for humanity. The paper also asserts that Piercy's poems reflect a world of contrasts and opposites, as she skillfully weaves images of the complexity of our lives into the simplicity of nature. The paper concludes that Piercy's work celebrates women, not for their bodies, but for their intellect and inner strength, and its timeless quality makes it a necessary read for the modern woman. This paper includes many of Marge Piercy's poems in Appendix I.
From the Paper:" Piercy's work could be divided into two distinct phases. Her early work reflects the need to escape the chains of society and the stereotypical male and female roles. She lived in the city much of her early life. Moving to Cape Cod in 1971 changed her outlook on life. After she became a part of the Cape Cod scenery, her poetry reflected a more peaceful existence (McManus). Her poetry began to reflect a greater sense of herself and her place in the web of life. Piercy's poetry reflects the celebration of life through good times and bad.
"A prime example of Piercy's new connection with nature is The Cat's Song. This poem celebrates the bond between people and their cats. Written from the cat's point of view, it forces the reader to examine their sense of superiority. The cat tells of all of the things that humans cannot do, but that cats do with ease. Unlike the anger expressed in Piercy's early years, The Cat's Song reflects a sense of inner peace and a need to bond with the natural world. Cats appear in much of Piercy's later work."
Sample of Sources Used:
- McManus, Terry. Marge Piercy- Biography. 2005. margepiercy.com. <http://www.margepiercy.com/main-pages/biography.htm> Accessed October 16, 2008.
- Piercy, Marge. Always Unsuitable. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/always-unsuitable/. Accessed October 16, 2008.
- Piercy, Marge. Barbie Doll. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/barbie-doll/ Accessed October 16, 2008.
- Piercy, Marge. The Cat's Song. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-cat-s-song/. Accessed October 16, 2008.
- Piercy, Marge. The Morning Half-Life Blues. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-morning- half-life-blues/. Accessed October 16, 2008.
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