Adrienne Rich

American Poet and Feminist 1929-2012

Diving into the Wreck

Diving into the wreck was the most known book of poems during the Vietnam War written by Adrienne Rich. 1971-1972 91973) This book was filled often with angry poems and very deep ones about the war. She was nominated for the National Book Award in 1947 and accepted it with her nominees Alice Walker and Audre Lorde. In1997 Adrienne Rich turned down the National Medal of Arts for political reasons saying " Art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of the power which holds it's hostage."

Early Life

Adrienne Rich was born on May 16, 1929 in Baltimore, Maryland. Her father was the chairman at Johns Hopkins Medical school. Her mother was a concert pianist and composer. Her father had high education expectations which led her to have good grades and graduate from Radcliffe University. She married a Harvard professor and had kids until he passed away and soon got together with another man who was her soul mate and stayed with him until her death. Despite all the harsh and cruel things she called men she still married and fell in love with two.