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Aunt Jennifer's Tigers Summary

Poet of Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

Adrienne Rich

The Theme of Aunt Jennifer's Tigers

Hardship of a married women in society

Line by Line Poem Explanation:

**Explanation of each line in written in bold
  1. Aunt Jennifer's tigers prance across a screen,
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    The tigers of aunt Jennifer walk springy; it shows that they are fearless and happy

  2. Bright topaz denizens of a world of green.
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    Her tigers are very bright yellow color, like bright yellow color of Topaz stone. And lives in an open green forest with no boundaries.

  3. They do not fear the men beneath the tree;
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    They are not afraid of anyone not even the men beneath the trees who came there to hunt them.

  4. They pace in sleek chivalric certainty.
    Meaning: -
    They live their life with respect, and are not afraid of males.

  5. Aunt Jennifer's fingers fluttering through the wool
    Meaning: -
    Aunt's fingers were shaking not due to cold (Through the wool signifies that her fingers were not shaking due to cold as wool protect form cold.) but, in fear that her husband should not know that she is following her passion which her husband dose not likes.

  6. Find even the ivory needle hard to pull.
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    Due to all the oppressions and tortures, she went through she became so weak that she can't even pull an ivory needle.

  7. The massive weight of uncle's wedding band
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    The wedding band (wedding rings) comes with great responsibilities

  8. Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer's hand.
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    Which will always be there with her.

  9. When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie
    Meaning: -
    Even when she dies the wedding ring which is sign of her married life but, also signifies the emotional trauma, oppression, and several other ordeals

  10. Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by.
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    She lived with, her whole life. That ring will always be there with her.

  11. The tigers in the panel that she made
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    But the tigers she made will

  12. Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid.
    Meaning: -
    Always sprint happily, proud, and fearlessly.