Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers

Aunt Jennifer’s tigers prance across a screen,
Bright topaz denizens of a world of green.
They do not fear the men beneath the tree;
They pace in sleek chivalric certainty.

Aunt Jennifer’s finger fluttering through her wool
Find even the ivory needle hard to pull.
The massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band
Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer’s hand.

When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie
Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by.
The tigers in the panel that she made
Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid.

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I chose to evaluate Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers. In this poem, Rich uses metaphors throughout. She uses these metaphors to express her theme which is, in my opinion, how women are oppressed by a patriarchal society. The speaker of the poem is the niece or nephew of the subject of the poem (Aunt Jennifer), and the audience is the general reader. Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers is a poem made up of three stanzas that are four lines each, making it twelve lines. I was able to recognize iambic pattern in many of the verses, but did notice that there was some irregularities so I am not sure as to whether it would really qualify as iambic or not. Towards the end of the poem, Adrienne uses personification and hyperbole when she projects human emotion onto the sewn tigers. Aunt Jennifer’s tigers is also a very sensory poem that uses a lot of Imagery, though I don’t’ think the poem itself would be consider imagery.

— Hannah

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