2579 - Twentieth Century Women Poets: Millay, Rukeyser and Stone
The twentieth century was a pivotal time for women's poetry in America. In our discussion, we consider three extraordinary poets: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Muriel Rukeyser and Ruth Stone. Born in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, each left a profound legacy. Millay became a poet-celebrity, packing theaters, reading poems classically inspired yet modern in a feminine voice. Muriel Rukeyser's poetry recalls Whitman in scope, articulating an expansive vision. By encompassing art, science, history and politics, her voice is passionate, questioning and progressive. Ruth Stone, practicing poetry into the twenty-first century, took the raw material of her struggles--her poverty and the suicide of her husband, filling her poems with the ordinary day, from middle into old age. Coupled with her need to navigate a painful life and search for meaning, her poetry is narrative, musical and philosophical. After a brief contextual introduction, we bring collective insight to the poems. Facilitated Discussion, Listening to Music or Other Audio
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