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Poem: A Work of Artifice by Marge Piercy
A Work of Artifice
Marge Piercy


The bonsai tree
in the attractive pot
could have grown eighty feet tall
on the side of a mountain
till split by lightning.
But a gardener
carefully pruned it.
It is nine inches high.
Every day as he
whittles back the branches
the gardener croons,
It is your nature to be small and cozy,
domestic and weak;
how lucky, little tree,
to have a pot to grow in.
With living creatures
one must begin very early
to dwarf their growth:
the bound feet,
the crippled brain,
the hair in curlers,
the hands you
love to touch.


This poem created by Marge Piercy (a feminist) was to illustrate how Chinese/Japanese women were/are treated since the day they are born, to death, to harsh treatment. Most readers would say this is too feminist and a power rage kind of litturature, how ever, this is not. This poem is to help readers understand women history. Yes, this subject is one that upsets both sexes, but what it is meant for is an understanding.

The 'bonsai tree' represents an asian woman. She was 'pruned' before she was even born. After she was born her 'feet were bound'. She grew up with a 'crippled brain' until she was married off. Soon she had 'curlers in her hair' and had to sit inside all day long holding them up. But when night time came 'the hands that love to touch' put her in her place.

That is the basic view of the poem. Now for the full translation of the poem... I chose a random asian girl name to help myself write my interpertation of the poem.

Ming's father and mother decided before they had a child, that the girl was to be married off as soon as possible. When she was born, that plan went right into action. Her feet had to be broken and wrapped, in order for her to get married. If she had small feet, she would stay small, pretty, and weak. Perfect for a wife-hunter! As she grew up, her mother and father told her to do everything they say, or she would be punished. She obeyed them, even when she was married off, she followed their instructions. She soon had children of her own, but she could not walk, she sat in the house all day. She cooked, cleaned, and raised the children up, just like her parents told her to. When her husband came home late every night, she would have no choice but to let him do what he wishes to her. Her body, mind, and soul is now his, she is just his toy.

I did my research at www.msm.edu to grab a little help on understanding this poem, because I am not very good with poems, and I need to practice.

Let me know what you thought of the poem and my interpertation down below in the comments section! c:


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