Adrienne Rich's "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" is a very structured poem. Each verse contains exactly four lines, while every second line rhymes with the previous line. "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" portrays an image of a wife dismayed with her married life. One can interpret from this
The tigers Aunt Jennifer stitches and imagines are brave and they do not fear anything or anyone, "They do not fear the men beneath the tree; / They pace in sleek chivalric certainty" (Lines 3-4). Aunt Jennifer is far different from these animals that she creates.
She is somewhat a nervous and frightened woman; we can get this from line 5, "Aunt Jennifer's fingers fluttering through her wool". This line portrays Aunt Jennifer's character as insecure. The contrast that Rich uses with Aunt Jennifer and her tigers portrays the dream that Aunt Jennifer seeks, however can never obtain.
Lines 7-8, "The massive weight of Uncle's wedding band / Sits heavily upon Aunt Jennifer's hand", clearly portrays the hardship she must endure and the weight of the marriage. She is trapped in this marriage with nowhere to go. Her only escape being "Aunt Jennifer's tigers prance across a screen" (Line 1). The most saddening lines in the