International Journal of
English and Literature

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. English Lit.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2626
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEL
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 257


Adrienne Rich’s “Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law”: A study

Jeevan Kumar
Government College (UG and PG), Anantapur, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 17 June 2013
  •  Published: 31 August 2013


Adrienne Cecile Rich (1929-2012) comes before the readers as the most promising poet and essayist in contemporary American literature. She is a multi-talented writer, polemist, literary theorist and an exponent of a poetry of witness and dissent, a poetry that voices the discontent of those generally silenced and ignored. She is a political poet whose ideology is rooted in early American experience. Her prophecy of the community of women and of female energy free from patriarchal repression parallels the Puritan vision. She urges the world to open its gates to everyone regardless of gender, race, or class, and feels that the feminist vision of the community of women would be the beginning of a new chapter in American history. In the present paper, a study has been made on Adrienne Rich's Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law, an overtly feminist poem that stands out as a watershed in her poetic development.

Key words: Contemporary American Literature, multi-talented writer, political poet, gender, race, feminist vision.