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10. Rhythms
in Poetry

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Genevieve Taggard - Author Questions

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  1. Comprehension: What is the meaning of the title "Everyday Alchemy"? What is Taggard saying about the relationship between the genders? How does her syntax help or hinder the message? Why does Taggard specify "poor" women? How should readers interpret the adjective "poor"?

  2. Comprehension: In "With Child," who or what is the "it" in the last stanza? What is the tone of the poem?

  3. Context: The turn of the twentieth century witnessed the first wave of feminism in America, culminating in women gaining the right to vote in 1920. Much of Taggard's poetry reflects this activism, though she concentrates on the working class. In "At Last the Women Are Moving," how are the women portrayed? What are they protesting? Why are the last two lines in italics?

  4. Exploration: Unlike Eliot and Pound, Taggard wrote poetry for the masses, and her interest in radio broadcast enhanced her ability to reach a wide and diverse audience with her verse. How does her notion of poetry and audience differ from that of other writers in this unit? With whom does she seem to share a similar outlook?

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