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Amends<br />By Adrienne Rich<br />
Adrienne Rich<br />American Woman<br />Active feminist<br />From the 1960’s onwards wrote many poems about women’s role in...
Title<br />Amends =<br />Reparation<br />Putting things right<br />Improvement <br />Forgiveness<br />
Stanza 1<br />Nights like this: on the cold apple-bough<br />A white star, then another<br />Exploding out of the bark:<br...
Stanza 1<br />Nights like this: on the cold apple-bough<br />A white star, then another<br />Exploding out of the bark:<br...
Stanza 1<br />Nights like this: on the cold apple-bough<br />A white star, then another<br />Exploding out of the bark:<br...
Stanza 1<br />Nights like this: on the cold apple-bough<br />A white star, then another<br />Exploding out of the bark:<br...
Stanza 2<br />As it picks at greater stones, as it rises with the surf<br />Laying its cheek for moments on the sand<br />...
Stanza 2<br />As it picks at greater stones, as it rises with the surf<br />Laying its cheek for moments on the sand<br />...
Stanza 2<br />As it picks at greater stones, as it rises with the surf<br />Laying its cheek for moments on the sand<br />...
Stanza 2<br />As it picks at greater stones, as it rises with the surf<br />Laying its cheek for moments on the sand<br />...
Stanza 3<br />As it unavailing pours into the gash<br />Of the sand-and-gravel quarry<br />As it leans across the hangared...
Stanza 3<br />As it unavailing pours into the gash<br />Of the sand-and-gravel quarry<br />As it leans across the hangared...
Stanza 3<br />As it unavailing pours into the gash<br />Of the sand-and-gravel quarry<br />As it leans across the hangared...
Stanza 4<br />As it soaks through cracks into the trailers<br />Tremulous with sleep<br />As it dwells upon the eyelids of...
Stanza 4<br />As it soaks through cracks into the trailers<br />Tremulous with sleep<br />As it dwells upon the eyelids of...
WholePoem<br />No full stops (periods)= <br />Continuous<br />“it” =<br />Moonlight<br />Reader forgets “it” is the moon<b...
Themes<br />Femininity versus masculinity<br />The destruction of nature by man<br />The relationship between humanity and...
Essay Questions<br />How does Adrienne Rich describe the environment to present a theme in the poem Amends?<br /> How is f...
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  1. 1. Amends<br />By Adrienne Rich<br />
  2. 2. Adrienne Rich<br />American Woman<br />Active feminist<br />From the 1960’s onwards wrote many poems about women’s role in society, racism, and the Vietnam War<br />Father encouraged her to write<br />Felt unfulfilled due to conflicting roles/ambitions (poet & mother)<br />
  3. 3. Title<br />Amends =<br />Reparation<br />Putting things right<br />Improvement <br />Forgiveness<br />
  4. 4. Stanza 1<br />Nights like this: on the cold apple-bough<br />A white star, then another<br />Exploding out of the bark:<br />On the ground, moonlight picking at small stones<br />‘nightslikethis’ = Merchant of Venice, Act 5<br />The moon shines bright: in such a night as this,<br /> When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees,<br /> And they did make no noise, in such a night,<br /> Troilus methinks mounted the Troyan walls,<br /> And sigh'd his soul toward the Grecian tents,<br /> Where Cressid lay that night.<br />
  5. 5. Stanza 1<br />Nights like this: on the cold apple-bough<br />A white star, then another<br />Exploding out of the bark:<br />On the ground, moonlight picking at small stones<br />“cold” = <br />Atmosphere<br />Night<br />Harsh<br />“white star” =<br />Night<br />Blossoms/moonlight<br />“then another” =<br />Keeps happening<br />Many blossoms/light beams<br />
  6. 6. Stanza 1<br />Nights like this: on the cold apple-bough<br />A white star, then another<br />Exploding out of the bark:<br />On the ground, moonlight picking at small stones<br />“exploding” =<br />Violent<br />Incongruous<br />Loud<br />Harsh<br />“moonlight picking” =<br />1st mention<br />Personification<br />Reflecting off some stones <br />more than others<br />“small stones” =<br />‘Zoomed in’<br />Small range of view<br />
  7. 7. Stanza 1<br />Nights like this: on the cold apple-bough<br />A white star, then another<br />Exploding out of the bark:<br />On the ground, moonlight picking at small stones<br />Mood =<br />Busy<br />No rhyming<br /> Colons =<br />Itemise/list progression<br />Sky<br />Tree<br />Ground<br />
  8. 8. Stanza 2<br />As it picks at greater stones, as it rises with the surf<br />Laying its cheek for moments on the sand<br />As it licks the broken ledge, as it flows up the cliffs<br />As it flicks across the tracks<br />“Greater Stones” =<br />‘Zoomed out’<br />“rises with surf” =<br />Reflects<br />Transparent effect<br />Bobbing<br /> “laying its cheek” =<br />Relaxing<br />Touch<br />Femininity<br />
  9. 9. Stanza 2<br />As it picks at greater stones, as it rises with the surf<br />Laying its cheek for moments on the sand<br />As it licks the broken ledge, as it flows up the cliffs<br />As it flicks across the tracks<br />“moments” =<br />Longer than picking<br />Sand more than stones<br />“sand” =<br />Relaxation<br /> “licks” =<br />Semi-appeal to taste<br />Femininity (caring, motherly <br /> figure)<br />“broken” =<br />Confirms motherly nature<br />Moonlight trying to make amends<br />
  10. 10. Stanza 2<br />As it picks at greater stones, as it rises with the surf<br />Laying its cheek for moments on the sand<br />As it licks the broken ledge, as it flows up the cliffs<br />As it flicks across the tracks<br />“flows up the cliffs” =<br />Water<br />Lots of reflection<br />Cliffs common near beaches<br />Uncontrolled<br />Relaxed, calm (no violent <br />language)<br />“flicks” =<br />Little reflection<br /> “tracks” =<br />Common near beaches<br />Relaxing environments<br />Nature<br />
  11. 11. Stanza 2<br />As it picks at greater stones, as it rises with the surf<br />Laying its cheek for moments on the sand<br />As it licks the broken ledge, as it flows up the cliffs<br />As it flicks across the tracks<br />“picks”, “licks”, “flicks” =<br />Rhyme<br />Light touches<br />Femininity<br />Mood & Rhythm =<br />Relaxed<br />Calm<br />
  12. 12. Stanza 3<br />As it unavailing pours into the gash<br />Of the sand-and-gravel quarry<br />As it leans across the hangared fuselage<br />Of the crop-dusting plane<br />“unavailing” = <br />Pointless<br />Too weak<br />Continuously<br /> “pours” = <br />Lots of light<br /> “gash” =<br /> Wound in nature<br />
  13. 13. Stanza 3<br />As it unavailing pours into the gash<br />Of the sand-and-gravel quarry<br />As it leans across the hangared fuselage<br />Of the crop-dusting plane<br />“quarry” =<br />Links to gash<br />Destruction of nature<br />Too weak<br />Continuously<br /> “leans” =<br />Reflection off plane<br />Lack of balance<br />
  14. 14. Stanza 3<br />As it unavailing pours into the gash<br />Of the sand-and-gravel quarry<br />As it leans across the hangared fuselage<br />Of the crop-dusting plane<br />“hangared fuselage” =<br />Body of plane<br />Plane ‘sleeping’<br />Links to “sleepers”<br />“crop-dusting” =<br />Poisons (insecticides etc.)<br />Damage nature<br />
  15. 15. Stanza 4<br />As it soaks through cracks into the trailers<br />Tremulous with sleep<br />As it dwells upon the eyelids of the sleepers<br />As if to make amends<br />“soaks” =<br />Saturated in light<br />Gathering more energy<br />Like water<br />“cracks” =<br />Light is ever-present<br />Cannot be destroyed<br />“trailers” =<br />Caravans<br />Poor people<br />
  16. 16. Stanza 4<br />As it soaks through cracks into the trailers<br />Tremulous with sleep<br />As it dwells upon the eyelids of the sleepers<br />As if to make amends<br />“tremulous” =<br />People are afraid<br />Contrasts with <br /> the moon<br />“dwells” =<br />Gentle word<br />Protecting the “sleepers”<br />“as if to make amends” =<br />Uncertain why<br />Inanimateness of the moon <br />Light comforts the “sleepers”<br />
  17. 17. WholePoem<br />No full stops (periods)= <br />Continuous<br />“it” =<br />Moonlight<br />Reader forgets “it” is the moon<br />Constant use of “as” =<br />Adds to the itemising affect caused by the colons in stanza 1<br />Provides a source of animation for the light<br />
  18. 18. Themes<br />Femininity versus masculinity<br />The destruction of nature by man<br />The relationship between humanity and the environment<br />The powerlessness of nature to retaliate against man’s actions<br />
  19. 19. Essay Questions<br />How does Adrienne Rich describe the environment to present a theme in the poem Amends?<br /> How is femininity expressed in the poem Amends by Adrienne Rich?<br />What figurative techniques are used to help express Adrienne Rich's opinions of the moon in the poem Amends?<br />
  20. 20. THE END<br />
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