According to T.V Reed, a feminist writer, poetry is not a luxury to women but the way they give names to the nameless for its thought, something vital for their existence. The poetry aims at serving the feminine interests and their personal interests which makes it political. The ability to read the lines communicated to them by other women, it gives them a sense of belonging to women faction. Their experiences and thoughts are reflected in the lines metaphors of the women’s writing.
The writing is public rather than personal hence applies the woman lot. The 1960s women’ liberation movement showed how feminists of that time conquered the genteel and male-dominated poetry arena and crowding it with women poetry from all walks of life. Before this, woman lives had explanations that were of male perspective.
At this time, women frankly spoke about issues like violence, rape, sexism, oppression, love, and the poetry emanating from the women’s movement was politically charged. Poetry served two functions. It challenged dichotomies like isolation of public and private spheres and also separated intellect from emotion. It emerged the women favorite medium to propagate their feelings and perceptions since women could be able to write in between their busy livelihood that was crowded with chores like mothering and homemaking.
Reed affirms that poetry was and still is for women. It is perceived as on of the most favorable and effective ways to express disseminate women issues. Through writing, women are able to voice their lives’ plague owing to the fact that they are women. They believe that their audience-which is composed of women, will understand the message they are disseminating.
In their writing, be it fictional or non-fictional, they strive to be as extensive as possible. This way, they are able to alter the way the society distorts, silence and discriminates against them.
Reed T.V., 2005. 3 The Poetical is the political: The Feminist Poetry and the Poetics of Women’s Rights, The Art of Protest. Pg. 75-102.