Adrienne Rich

(16 May 1929 – 27 March 2012 / Baltimore, Maryland)

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning



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Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Thursday, March 29, 2012

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  • Fred Babbin (3/7/2010 10:21:00 AM)

    A surrealist work that requires many readings. And I apologize for pigeon-holing it. (Report) Reply

  • Lime and Tequila with a Splash of Pineapple (1/22/2008 8:49:00 PM)

    I had a few problems appreciating the beginning of this poem, but the ending is so powerful. So I made a point of reading it several times and focusing my mind (a rare event, being a bit scatterbrained) . And I find I do appreciate this poem in its entirety, though, I still consider the ending with that magnificent final line rather more spectacular.

    Peace,

    L&T (Report) Reply

  • Malini Kadir (12/31/2007 4:18:00 AM)

    To do something very common, in my own way........said in a special deep manner here........hems (Report) Reply

  • Tony Jennett (11/7/2005 5:53:00 PM)

    I'll get the hang of this one day. There's a crock of gold to be found I'm sure. I sense it but can't find it. I like enigmas. Well done (Report) Reply

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