American women Poets

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I will explore the role of the family in both these poems and how, through the collection, a realization and acceptance is reached. I felt it fitting to choose these two poems, as the first one is taken from "Poems for the living" and the second from "Poems for the dead." This collection of poems explores the role of family within society, how through its dysfunction we can learn to exist as a person despite the odds...
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The collection helps Olds' explore the truth about family and how we learn to eventually accept them, one way or another. The poems, according to Contemporary literary Criticism move from "The public to the private as the collection turns from the dead towards the living." (Gaffrey 121) What struck me about these two poems in particular is the universal truths they reveal, firstly in "The Eye," how one learns to hate, and then resent and in "A Poem to my Husband from My Father's Daughter," how a woman come to terms with her father's legacy...
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