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The editors have also taken into account the many essays on Rich and reviews of her work that have been published since 1975. Some earlier biographical selections have been replaced with works that focus on the quality of Rich's writing and her place in twentieth-century American literature--not just as a poet, but as a woman, a lesbian, and a mother. Criticism includes th The editors have also taken into account the many essays on Rich and reviews of her work that have been published since 1975. Some earlier biographical selections have been replaced with works that focus on the quality of Rich's writing and her place in twentieth-century American literature--not just as a poet, but as a woman, a lesbian, and a mother. Criticism includes thirteen reviews and interpretations of Rich's work by W. H. Auden, John Ashbery, Margaret Atwood, Helen Vendler, Judith McDaniel, Adrian Oktenberg, Charles Altieri, and Joanna Feit Diehl, among others. A second recent study by Albert Gelpi traces the events in Rich's life from which her work evolves. An updated Chronology and Selected Bibliography, as well as an expanded Index, are included.


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The editors have also taken into account the many essays on Rich and reviews of her work that have been published since 1975. Some earlier biographical selections have been replaced with works that focus on the quality of Rich's writing and her place in twentieth-century American literature--not just as a poet, but as a woman, a lesbian, and a mother. Criticism includes th The editors have also taken into account the many essays on Rich and reviews of her work that have been published since 1975. Some earlier biographical selections have been replaced with works that focus on the quality of Rich's writing and her place in twentieth-century American literature--not just as a poet, but as a woman, a lesbian, and a mother. Criticism includes thirteen reviews and interpretations of Rich's work by W. H. Auden, John Ashbery, Margaret Atwood, Helen Vendler, Judith McDaniel, Adrian Oktenberg, Charles Altieri, and Joanna Feit Diehl, among others. A second recent study by Albert Gelpi traces the events in Rich's life from which her work evolves. An updated Chronology and Selected Bibliography, as well as an expanded Index, are included.

30 review for Adrienne Rich's Poetry and Prose

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    She makes me want to be: a poet a warrior a better person

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Norton Critical Editions are always awesome to have: they gather up so much useful material, winnowing through to find the good stuff. That said, I've loved most of Adrienne Rich's poetry, wherever I found it, so maybe she only has good stuff. Doubtful, though: everyone has their off days. (There are even books by Ursula Le Guin that I don't really like! -- ssh, it's a secret.) From the stiff formal work like Aunt Jennifer's Tigers to the vivid and sensual later stuff, all of her poetry that I've Norton Critical Editions are always awesome to have: they gather up so much useful material, winnowing through to find the good stuff. That said, I've loved most of Adrienne Rich's poetry, wherever I found it, so maybe she only has good stuff. Doubtful, though: everyone has their off days. (There are even books by Ursula Le Guin that I don't really like! -- ssh, it's a secret.) From the stiff formal work like Aunt Jennifer's Tigers to the vivid and sensual later stuff, all of her poetry that I've read is carefully worked and says something clear and meaningful. This edition also contains some of her essays on her own work, which are always interesting, and good to have a feel for.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ashli

    I love how she strives for equality with her progressive views on sexuality, love, social norms, and family relations. So glad she came to lil ole Stillwater, OK to read. I'll never forget it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jacinta

    My favourite poet.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Adrienne Rich, on her birthday May 17 Here is the voice of Sleeping Beauty, who woke herself up one day and set about to reinvent herself and her society, a 50's housewife turned poet radical who contains within her the whole history of feminism, and whose mission is to shake the rest of us awake. Using a gorgeously wrought poetry to do so, as a prod and poker. As I don't think Adrienne Rich would like the idea of a man explaining her and her art, I shall say only that her collected wortks belon Adrienne Rich, on her birthday May 17 Here is the voice of Sleeping Beauty, who woke herself up one day and set about to reinvent herself and her society, a 50's housewife turned poet radical who contains within her the whole history of feminism, and whose mission is to shake the rest of us awake. Using a gorgeously wrought poetry to do so, as a prod and poker. As I don't think Adrienne Rich would like the idea of a man explaining her and her art, I shall say only that her collected wortks belong among the other Great Books of our civilization and can stand with anyones , and so I leave you with her words speaking for herself: “Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you...it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind. It means being able to say, with Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre: "I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all the extraneous delights should be withheld or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give. Responsibility to yourself means that you don't fall for shallow and easy solutions--predigested books and ideas...marrying early as an escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems. It means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short...and this, in turn, means resisting the forces in society which say that women should be nice, play safe, have low professional expectations, drown in love and forget about work, live through others, and stay in the places assigned to us. It means that we insist on a life of meaningful work, insist that work be as meaningful as love and friendship in our lives. It means, therefore, the courage to be "different"...The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way.” ― Adrienne Rich

  6. 4 out of 5

    Gavin Leech

    Poems are better than the prose, early better than late, but all are pretty good. Be proud, when you have set The final spoke of flame In that prismatic wheel, And nothing’s left this day Except to see the sun Shine on the false and the true, And know that Africa Will yield you more to do. She has a bad habit, common in critical theory, of confusing possible nasty interpretations of texts with the author's intention or with reality, and so dismissing the work. But, along with Greer, Dworkin, You Poems are better than the prose, early better than late, but all are pretty good. Be proud, when you have set The final spoke of flame In that prismatic wheel, And nothing’s left this day Except to see the sun Shine on the false and the true, And know that Africa Will yield you more to do. She has a bad habit, common in critical theory, of confusing possible nasty interpretations of texts with the author's intention or with reality, and so dismissing the work. But, along with Greer, Dworkin, Young, and Sontag I don't think I'll stop reading her, no matter how much I disagree.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pembroke

    AR proves to be the keeper of the True and Worthwhile but we knew this

  8. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    This anthology boasts an excellent selection from all but the most recent of Rich's poetry collections, as well as critical, political, and feminist essays that I would never have read on my own but that deepen readers' sense of a social context for the poems. If you're a true Rich fan you won't want to be missing a single poem, but this is an excellent jumping-off point if you're new to her work, and a good survey of what to earmark for the future if you only respond to certain themes or styles This anthology boasts an excellent selection from all but the most recent of Rich's poetry collections, as well as critical, political, and feminist essays that I would never have read on my own but that deepen readers' sense of a social context for the poems. If you're a true Rich fan you won't want to be missing a single poem, but this is an excellent jumping-off point if you're new to her work, and a good survey of what to earmark for the future if you only respond to certain themes or styles in her artistic evolution.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    I actually have an older edition of this, so the last star is lost b/c I didn't love all the essays at the end by other people, and who knows, maybe this edition got rid of some of that stuff. I liked seeing the progress of Rich's poems as she went from being a 50s housewife to realizing she wanted more from her life- it's like you can see her cracking herself open, and that's what's cool about reading a collection as opposed to one book written at one specific time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Theresia

    Somebody should've just either hold my hand or tell me what to look for next time I decided to read a poetry anthology, because most of the time I was lost. Also, I have 99 problems with radical feminism and "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence" is one of them. Still, worth rereading in this Pride Month.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I was riveted to this book. Obviously, I discovered Adrienne Rich late; but I was also lucky in that I picked an anthology of her "best" poetry (that is, less overtly polemical) and prose. She wrote a number of great poems, and her essay on Emily Dickinson was brilliant. A brilliant poet and woman.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Corinne Blackmer

    read

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cheyenne Black

    There is nothing more to say than how grateful I am that this woman exists.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Albie

    Adrienne Rich's Poetry and Prose: Poems Prose Reviews and Criticism (Norton Critical Editions) by Adrienne Cecile Rich (1993)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julianne

    It was great and I want to buy it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Scott Moore

    I maintain that Rich makes some enduring points in her essay on compulsory heterosexuality and a "lesbian continuum".

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mic Parker

    LOVE. She understands quiet and sad beauty. Sometimes she loses me in her activist zeal...otherwise, I'm obsessed. She died in 2012. And she was a lesbian! ICON.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marwa

    no.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Miss Deed

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elio

  21. 4 out of 5

    Chanda Prescod-weinstein

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Grinnell

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kane Hollingsworth

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Tierney

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deb Chittick

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rishitha

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ted Morgan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Kenderdine

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