This and the use of her arsenal experiences, helped reach and persuade me as an audience member. As a male, it was hard for me to relate to some of the stuff she was trying to express. When Rich explained in the beginning that literature was dominated by a male’s point of view, immediately questioned this statement. I thought of all the accredited female authors we have today, and wondered why she could say this. However, I started to think about the time period she was living in.
One outside source she used was Virginia Wolf’s A Room of One’s Own (1929). In this she describes how women writers are always scared bout what men are going think of their literature, even though they are not the audience. As Adrienne Rich stated “Virginia Wolf is addressing an audience of women, but she is acutely conscious-?as she always was-?of being overheard by men (Rich 345). This persuaded me to look at the big picture and realize what Rich was trying to get at.
Another way that Rich was able to pull me to her side was the use of her personal experiences and sources. When she talked about her home life, and what she experienced, it made me think about what women authors must go through. When Adrienne Rich explained how women’s poetry is like a blues Eng, it made me understand what she was trying to prove the whole time. She was trying to say that women were crying out, demanding there voice be heard. This experience by her, along with her examples of her own poetry were able to persuade me to her side of the argument.
Nowadays Rich said women’s poetry and literature is charged with anger and resentment. This is where I did not fully go along with her argument. To me she did not really show many sources to get me on her side for this statement. If I look at when she wrote this, I can’t help to think of women writers in the seventies. Being a male this may be a biased opinion, but think he over exaggerates how bad women writers wrote towards a male audience. Rich also says that women had no choice other to confine to the men that run the literary world.
At this point I questioned why Adrienne Rich would say women are angry and resentful in their literature. When I look at today’s world and how women are involved in literature, it is not as far away from the past as people think. If you look at movies, poems and even books, you can easily see some male influence in theses writings. Women certainly have more rights and are more respected in today’s world than they were in the 6(Yes and says. But in the overall picture, you can see why Rich was so forceful at proving her point.