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this volume. On sharing the National Book Award for poetry in 1974 (the other recipient that year was Allen Ginsberg she declined to accept it on her own behalf. I thought I was writing an exploratory piece, an essay in the literal sense of 'attempt a turning picture the presumption of female heterosexualityaround to view it from different angles, a hazarding of unasked questions. Rich uses the metaphor of a dive into dark, unfathomable waters to plumb the depths of womens experience: I am here, the mermaid whose dark hair streams black, the merman in his armored body. In a darker mood, she followed with Necessities of Life (1966 the introduction to a series of poems on alienation and despair. Rich was far too seasoned a campaigner to think that verse alone could change entrenched social institutions. Speaking as an omniscient presence, in subsequent works, Rich championed marginalized groups in scenes that challenge the white male overlord. Adrienne Rich argues that heterosexuality is a violent political institution making way for the "male right of physical, economical, and emotional access" to women. Women's Liberation Movement, adrienne Rich's poetry has been seen as feminist since the publication of her book. In token of shifts in her generation's consciousness, her own awakening extolled the personal epiphanies that free the underclass.
Like the helicopter freighted with goods, she exults in a cargo delivered palpable ours. Adrienne Rich married Alfred Conrad in 1953. Male transactions: women given away by fathers as gifts or hostesses by the husband for their own benefit, pimping women out. As is true of most of Rich's canon, purpose controls the persona. The moment of change is the only poem.