SELF-EXPRESSION AND DEFINITION OF WOMEN THROUGH CONFESSIONAL POETRY

Abstract

Author(s): Kadriye Asli Cenesiz

For a long time, women’s voices have been oppressed by the society they live in simply because of their female identity. They have had a long time struggling to gain a voice, an identity in the society. One of the ways women could express themselves was through writing confessional poetry. Confessional poetry is special to the person, it is the poetry of the personal experiences of the individual and their psychology. The individual’s reactions to the personal experiences are reflected through confessional poetry which is the reason why it is quite different from the traditional ways of writing poetry. The women’s approach and style in confessional poetry was so much different compared to the writing style of men. Women poets used confessional poetry to reflect their psyche and struggled to find their voices in the society. This paper aims to show the struggle women poets faced in 20th century while trying to make a name for themselves in a society where everybody has made a different name for them through analysing the literary works of Sylvia Plath and Adrienne Rich.

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