How to grow a girl: (Up from the ground and into the streets)
LE3 .A278 2016
Bachelor of Arts
English & Theatre Studies
How to Grow a Girl is a collection of thirty-eight poems that addresses social issues associated with the growth from girlhood to womanhood and the construction of femininity. The first poem and the last poem each raise the question of what it means to be a girl very frankly, while the other thirty-six poems transition through three sections: a personal account of growing up female, the presentation and subversion of girls and women in fairytales, and a broader understanding of what it means to be a girl/woman in the world. Each section contains twelve poems. The poems are written primarily in free verse, making use of rhyme and enjambment to help construct meaning and lyricism. Several modern poets including Sharon Olds and Sylvia Plath shaped my ability to discuss darker, more challenging subject material in the third section. The collection ends with a question, which is a refusal to define the exact meaning of girlhood, womanhood, and femininity.
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