Power Symbolism, Imagery, & Allegory
There’s more to a poem than meets the eye.
Science looms large in "Power"; after all, it's a poem about Marie Curie, one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century. But science isn't always a good thing. As we see in the poem, t...
The Big Ol' Spaces
All over the poem, we find big spaces between words, as if Rich went a little spacebar happy and couldn't stop herself from holding that sucker down. The effect of this is that the poem feels fragm...
"Power" is about the decay, and eventual death, of Marie Curie's body. But Rich also describes the earth in bodily imagery and draws a connection between the Curie's body and the earth itself. In t...
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