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3. Utopian Promise   

10. Rhythms
in Poetry

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Genevieve Taggard - Teaching Tips

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  • Review the basic tenets of Marxism with your students, including concepts like the proletariat. Marx thought that the ideal society would be classless and that the workers would own the means of production: "From each according to his ability; to each according to his need." Taggard's poetry reflects her close ties to Marxism. What themes, images, or techniques does she use to articulate the relationship between her poetry and politics? What does she expect art to accomplish?

  • Many of Taggard's poems focus on the plight of working-class women. How does she portray the women in her poems? Which portraits are more sympathetic than others? Could Taggard be termed a feminist poet? Are there connections between Marxism and feminism that might be useful in understanding her work?

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