welcome to the English Academy I am rich akka here I have a poem for students of class 12 aunt Jennifer's Tigers by Adrienne Rich here I have the explanation and new words of the poem Adrienne Cecil rich was an American poet essayist and a feminist she was one of the most widely read and influenced poets of the second half of the 20th century here in this poem she talks about a woman's experiences in her married life she has tried to explore the inner feelings of a woman who is living under the dominance of men first stanza of the poem aunt Jennifer's Tigers prance across the screen bright topaz denizens of a world of green they do not fear the men beneath the tree they pace and sleek chivalric certainty the explanation of the stanza here the poet is talking about a lady whom she addresses as aunt and the name of the lady is Jennifer so she says that aunt Jennifer is embroidering a tapestry a panel which is a piece of cloth and it could be probably a tablecloth or of all hanging so the pattern on the embroidery which she is doing is of tigers which are running and moving around jumping all over the piece of cloth they are bright yellow in color just like the color of topaz stone so here also she has used her simile to describe the color of the Tigers and the Tigers are in the green dense forest backdrop and it is looking very striking the Tigers are proud and fearless citizens of the forest Tennessean denizens here means proud and fearless citizens of their habitat where they are living here a contrast is shown between aunt Jennifer and the Tigers which she is embroidering the Tigers are fearless but this lady she is not so the poet says that this lady is not fearless so whom do you think does she fear she probably fears her husband and the poet further says that the Tigers are elegant and they are shining and full of grace now you can also think that the threads which are used for him Roy tree they are silken threads so they are also giving a shine to these Tigers next stanza aren't 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 aren't Jennifer's hand in this stanza the poet says that her fingers are trembling with the fear of her husband she says they are fluttering now why are they probably fluttering because she is doing her hobby of embroidery and probably the poet feels that her husband would not be very pleased to see her doing this so he could scold her so as the lady is scared of him she feels that he can come any time and he can scold her that is why her fingers are trembling then she says that her fingers are so tired of working endlessly all her life she has been fulfilling the obligations of her married life that she is so tired even the tiny needle is so heavy for her that it is difficult for her to pull it out of the cloth doing the embroidery doing the needlework is very tough task for her further she says the uncle's wedding band so why is she referring to it as uncle's wedding band because probably he purchased it for her when they had got married and even today it is his because the lady is not in such a position that she can afford such a wedding band it was purchased by her husband and even today she is dependent on him and she is burdened by the weight of this ring she has been living a demanding life to which he has worn out in her old age third stanza 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 we'll go on prancing proud and unafraid in this stanza she says that the ladies wish to live a free and fearless life is for trade through the design which she has chosen that is the Tigers the Tigers are considered to be a fearless animal and deliver free life in the past forests it shows her innermost desire of being strong fearless and living a free life but she has been overpowered by the dominance of her husband she has been living a very demanding life attending to her husband and fulfilling his commands and probably the poet feels that the audience of this lady will end up only upon her death then she says that her frightened shaking fingers will then be put to rest all her life she has been working and she can only take rest when she dies but still she feels that even after her death the ring will still be there on her finger the massive heavy ring will be there on her finger which suggests that the desire of the lady to live a free and fearless life will never be fulfilled it will it can only remain alive in the Tigers which he has embroidered on the cloth now here are the new words from the poem France means to walk or move around with high springy steps topaz is a bright yellow colored stone denizens in the text means an animal that lives or is found in a particular place sleek means elegant chivalric means being courteous especially to women ordeals is the extreme severe tests or experiences prancing means to move around proudly fluttering is to move in quick irregular motions as if being agitated for the question-and-answers of this poem follow this link thank you for watching this video I hope it will be of help to you and for more such lessons to visit the English Academy
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