Adrienne Rich

(2784 words)
  • Carol Bere (Independent Scholar - North America)

Committed, engaged, influential, often controversial, and always courageous, Adrienne Rich has been a major voice in contemporary poetry for over five decades. Throughout a career in which she has published over sixteen volumes of poetry, and several collections of non-fiction prose, Rich has continued to pursue her concerns in her writing: the structures of society, the abuses of power, the struggles of people of conscience, the exploited, the silenced, and the relationship of the participatory drive to creativity, or to the writing of poetry. At the same time, Rich writes persuasively of intimate relationships, daily life, and explores the possibilities for happiness, or, more specifically, issues of public and private happiness. …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Bere, Carol. "Adrienne Rich". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 November 2007
[, accessed 30 November 2015.]

Articles on Rich's works

  1. Adrienne Rich's Poetry