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Aunt Jennifer's Tigers from Adrienne Rich Who is Aunt Jennifer? Does she even exist? I needed to ask myself these questions before going further into the poem. The replies opened the doorway to a deeper significance behind Aunt Jennifer's Tigers. Based on Adrienne Rich's history I believe Aunt Jennifer did exist. But, Aunt Jennifer wasn't Rich's aunt. Aunt Jennifer represented girls all over the planet, especially women in American, that had been captured under the oppressive hands of a patriarchal society. Adrienne Rich was possibly among those women. Rich, among the most influential poets of her time, dealt with controversial issues such as sexuality, race, language, ability, and women's culture. Her fire in this area forced her to appear and challenge the standard and the standard. The favorite clichГ© that pertains to union as that old "ball and chain" takes on a deeper meaning with Rich as she reveals, through the simple lines of Aunt Jennifer's Tigers, a woman's struggles with saying, rebellion, and a society where power is described as masculine. Aunt Jennifer's Tigers from Adrienne Rich 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 fingers fluttering through her wool Find even the ivory needle tough to pull. The massive weight of Uncle's wedding band Sit's heavily upon Aunt Jennifer's hand. When Aunt Jennifer is dead, her terrified palms 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. Rich starts her poem having a gorgeous picture, setting the scene to the dream wo...