CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE In the Aesthetics of Power, Claire Keyes writes of this poem that although it is formally beautiful, almost perfect, its voice creates problems: [T]he tones seldom approaches intimacy, the speaker seeming fairly detached from the fate of Aunt Jennifer …. The dominant voice of the poem asserts the traditional theme that art outlives the person who produces it …. The speaker is almost callous in her disregard for Aunt's death …. Who cares that Aunt Jennifer dies? The speaker does not seem to; she gets caught up in those gorgeous tigers …. Here lies the dominant voice: Aunt is not compelling; her creation is.

Do you agree with Keyes's interpretation of the poem?

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