Poems about Overcoming Adversity

Women by Alice Walker

‘Women’ is a short poem praising previous generations of African American women who fought for the education of girls.

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Barn Owl by Gwen Harwood

‘Barn Owl’ by Gwen Harwood is a powerful poem about losing one’s innocence. While using symbolism, the poet depicts a child sneaking off to shoot a barn owl.

Barn owl by gwen harwood

A Mark of Resistance by Adrienne Rich

‘A Mark of Resistance’ by Adrienne Rich is a poem about individual resistance. The poet voices her solidarity with those who face discrimination from society.

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