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Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers/103
Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferís Tigers s Tigers s Tigers s Tigers s Tigers
About the poet
Adrienne Rich (1929) was born in Baltimore, Maryland,
USA. She is widely known for her involvement in
contemporary women’s movement as a poet and
theorist. She has published  nineteen volumes of poetry,
three collections of essays and other writings. A strong
resistance to racism and militarism echoes through her
work. The poem Aunt Jennifer’s T igers addresses the
constraints of married life a woman experiences.
Before you read
What does the title of the poem suggest to you? Are you
reminded of other poems on tigers?
Aunt Jennifer’s tigers prance across a screen,
Bright topaz denizens of a world of green.
They do not fear the men beneath the tree;
They pace in sleek chivalric certainty.
Aunt Jennifer’s fingers fluttering through her wool
Find even the ivory needle hard to pull.
The massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band
Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer’s hand.
When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie
Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by.
The tigers in the panel that she made
Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid.
denizen : a person, an animal or a plant that lives, grows
or is often found in a particular place.
sleek : elegant
6 6 6 6 6
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not to be republished
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Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers/103
Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferís Tigers s Tigers s Tigers s Tigers s Tigers
About the poet
Adrienne Rich (1929) was born in Baltimore, Maryland,
USA. She is widely known for her involvement in
contemporary women’s movement as a poet and
theorist. She has published  nineteen volumes of poetry,
three collections of essays and other writings. A strong
resistance to racism and militarism echoes through her
work. The poem Aunt Jennifer’s T igers addresses the
constraints of married life a woman experiences.
Before you read
What does the title of the poem suggest to you? Are you
reminded of other poems on tigers?
Aunt Jennifer’s tigers prance across a screen,
Bright topaz denizens of a world of green.
They do not fear the men beneath the tree;
They pace in sleek chivalric certainty.
Aunt Jennifer’s fingers fluttering through her wool
Find even the ivory needle hard to pull.
The massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band
Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer’s hand.
When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie
Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by.
The tigers in the panel that she made
Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid.
denizen : a person, an animal or a plant that lives, grows
or is often found in a particular place.
sleek : elegant
6 6 6 6 6
© NCERT
not to be republished
Think it out
1. How do ‘denizens’ and ‘chivalric’ add to our understanding of
the tiger’s attitudes?
2. Why do you think Aunt Jennifer’s hands are ‘fluttering through
her wool’ in the second stanza? Why is she finding the needle so
hard to pull?
3. What is suggested by the image ‘massive weight of Uncle’s
wedding band’?
4. Of what or of whom is Aunt Jennifer terrified with in the third
stanza?
5. What are the ‘ordeals’ Aunt Jennifer is surrounded by, why is it
significant that the poet uses the word ‘ringed’? What are the
meanings of the word ‘ringed’ in the poem?
6. Why do you think Aunt Jennifer created animals that are so
different from her own character? What might the poet be
suggesting, through this difference?
7. Interpret the symbols found in this poem.
8. Do you sympathise with Aunt Jennifer. What is the attitude of
the speaker towards Aunt Jennifer?
Notice the colours suggested in the poem.
Notice the repetitive use of certain sounds in the poem.
104/Flamingo
© NCERT
not to be republished
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Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers/103
Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferís Tigers s Tigers s Tigers s Tigers s Tigers
About the poet
Adrienne Rich (1929) was born in Baltimore, Maryland,
USA. She is widely known for her involvement in
contemporary women’s movement as a poet and
theorist. She has published  nineteen volumes of poetry,
three collections of essays and other writings. A strong
resistance to racism and militarism echoes through her
work. The poem Aunt Jennifer’s T igers addresses the
constraints of married life a woman experiences.
Before you read
What does the title of the poem suggest to you? Are you
reminded of other poems on tigers?
Aunt Jennifer’s tigers prance across a screen,
Bright topaz denizens of a world of green.
They do not fear the men beneath the tree;
They pace in sleek chivalric certainty.
Aunt Jennifer’s fingers fluttering through her wool
Find even the ivory needle hard to pull.
The massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band
Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer’s hand.
When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie
Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by.
The tigers in the panel that she made
Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid.
denizen : a person, an animal or a plant that lives, grows
or is often found in a particular place.
sleek : elegant
6 6 6 6 6
© NCERT
not to be republished
Think it out
1. How do ‘denizens’ and ‘chivalric’ add to our understanding of
the tiger’s attitudes?
2. Why do you think Aunt Jennifer’s hands are ‘fluttering through
her wool’ in the second stanza? Why is she finding the needle so
hard to pull?
3. What is suggested by the image ‘massive weight of Uncle’s
wedding band’?
4. Of what or of whom is Aunt Jennifer terrified with in the third
stanza?
5. What are the ‘ordeals’ Aunt Jennifer is surrounded by, why is it
significant that the poet uses the word ‘ringed’? What are the
meanings of the word ‘ringed’ in the poem?
6. Why do you think Aunt Jennifer created animals that are so
different from her own character? What might the poet be
suggesting, through this difference?
7. Interpret the symbols found in this poem.
8. Do you sympathise with Aunt Jennifer. What is the attitude of
the speaker towards Aunt Jennifer?
Notice the colours suggested in the poem.
Notice the repetitive use of certain sounds in the poem.
104/Flamingo
© NCERT
not to be republished
Notes Notes Notes Notes Notes
...... ......
© NCERT
not to be republished
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Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers/103
Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferí Aunt Jenniferís Tigers s Tigers s Tigers s Tigers s Tigers
About the poet
Adrienne Rich (1929) was born in Baltimore, Maryland,
USA. She is widely known for her involvement in
contemporary women’s movement as a poet and
theorist. She has published  nineteen volumes of poetry,
three collections of essays and other writings. A strong
resistance to racism and militarism echoes through her
work. The poem Aunt Jennifer’s T igers addresses the
constraints of married life a woman experiences.
Before you read
What does the title of the poem suggest to you? Are you
reminded of other poems on tigers?
Aunt Jennifer’s tigers prance across a screen,
Bright topaz denizens of a world of green.
They do not fear the men beneath the tree;
They pace in sleek chivalric certainty.
Aunt Jennifer’s fingers fluttering through her wool
Find even the ivory needle hard to pull.
The massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band
Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer’s hand.
When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie
Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by.
The tigers in the panel that she made
Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid.
denizen : a person, an animal or a plant that lives, grows
or is often found in a particular place.
sleek : elegant
6 6 6 6 6
© NCERT
not to be republished
Think it out
1. How do ‘denizens’ and ‘chivalric’ add to our understanding of
the tiger’s attitudes?
2. Why do you think Aunt Jennifer’s hands are ‘fluttering through
her wool’ in the second stanza? Why is she finding the needle so
hard to pull?
3. What is suggested by the image ‘massive weight of Uncle’s
wedding band’?
4. Of what or of whom is Aunt Jennifer terrified with in the third
stanza?
5. What are the ‘ordeals’ Aunt Jennifer is surrounded by, why is it
significant that the poet uses the word ‘ringed’? What are the
meanings of the word ‘ringed’ in the poem?
6. Why do you think Aunt Jennifer created animals that are so
different from her own character? What might the poet be
suggesting, through this difference?
7. Interpret the symbols found in this poem.
8. Do you sympathise with Aunt Jennifer. What is the attitude of
the speaker towards Aunt Jennifer?
Notice the colours suggested in the poem.
Notice the repetitive use of certain sounds in the poem.
104/Flamingo
© NCERT
not to be republished
Notes Notes Notes Notes Notes
...... ......
© NCERT
not to be republished
106/Flamingo
Notes Notes Notes Notes Notes
...... ......
© NCERT
not to be republished
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