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I Made You to Find Me : The Coming of Age of the Woman Poet and the Politics of Poetic Address

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I Made You to Find Me : The Coming of Age of the Woman Poet and the Politics of Poetic Address by Hedley, Jane, 9780814211014
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  • ISBN: 9780814211014 | 0814211011
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/27/2009
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When Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath, and Gwendolyn Brooks began to write poetry during the 1940s and '50s, each had to wonder whether she could be taken seriously as a poet while speaking in a woman's voice. I Made You to Find Me, the last line of one of Sexton's early poems, calls attention to how resourcefully the "I-you" relation had to be staged in order for this question to have an affirmative answer. Whereas Rich tried at first to speak to her own historical moment in the register of universality, Plath openly aspired to be "the Poetess of America." For Brooks, womanhood and "blackness" were inextricable markers of poetic identity.

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