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Aunt Jennifer's Tigers
Aunt Jennifer's Tigers
by Adrienne Rich


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This poem's not too tough to understand. We're pretty confident that you know what's going on. Still, "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" does raise some pretty difficult and important questions that don't have clear answers. There's some serious ambiguity in Aunt Jennifer's relationship with those tigers, and with her husband, too. But never fear, Shmoop is here! We'll help you figure out what's at stake in this poem.

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