As is commonly known, this particular stretch of time is characterised as the era of radical change, with the emergence of many liberation movements, including feminism. As such, the ekphrasis views the painting under a feminist’s point of view. Instead of symbolising romantic love, the poem shows that “The Kiss” may symbolise male dominance. Lexis that indicates this is apparent from the start of the poem. “They” are described as “kneeling” together in the first line, which is deceivingly romantic.
Furthermore, this role can be understood as fearful of the criticism that society (during that time period) has when a woman is seen with a man. Likewise, the peculiarity of this aspect can be comprehended within the Egyptian poem “The Beginning of the Song that Diverts the Heart”. This ancient poem is centered upon a recalcitrant woman. Her undertaking was to sway the man she loved to engage in an ascetic relationship. The similarities can be evidently understood and recognized within “Zhongzi, Please,” and “The Beginning of the Song that Diverts the Heart”.
She wants us to feel it and I know this in the end of her poem when she writes “In the wonderful MAGIC OF LOVE” and because of this line I have no doubt in my mind that she was madly in love when she wrote this poem. Now in the poem “Love Poem” by John Frederick Nims he takes a much different (and more realistic) approach on how he perceives the idea of his love. As early as the first line he starts to criticize his girlfriend/wife by writing, “My clumsiest dear, whose hands shipwreck vases, At whose quick touch all glasses chip and ring.” In the first line he’s already calling her incredibly clumsy but tries to soften it up by calling her “dear” but by using the word shipwreck it’s almost like wherever she goes and everything
In an interview on NPR, Inskeep discusses some of the intricacies of organic food with NPR’s Aubrey Allison, and she responded with this excerpt “…there are a whole bunch of emotional values that are tied up with eating organic food. So people who eat organic food tend to value altruism. They tend to value benevolence. They tend to value spirituality. And organic food has gotten wrapped up in all of these values that don't necessarily have to do with the very specific things…” Of course, many people buy organic foods because they tend to value their health, but many don’t know of the shortcomings of “organic foods”.
Weldon contextualises Austen’s world, positioning the contemporary reader to sympathise with the plight of women regards to marriage during the regency period. Weldon creatively reshapes the contemporary responders understanding and appreciation of the value of love in Pride and Prejudice. Weldon informs the responder of employment opportunities in Austen’s time, “a chimney sweep…a butcher….or a prostitute…or you could marry.” The listing of these grim opportunities along with the dichotomy of statistic heightens the responder’s attitude of the social benefits of marriage.
With these lines Olds takes the female body, a subject that has been overly abused by past poets who glorified a woman’s anatomy as a possession and a prize, and contorts the sometimes iconic symbol into a reality: a reality which feels pain, but also gives life. It is this element, which I find my greatest personal connection to the poem, the fact that women are capable of putting their bodies through agony for the life of another. It is inspiring yet terrifying. In addition to my personal connections to “The Language of the Brag,” I believe there exists many elements that prove significant to the lives of all women, as Olds demonstrates the progression of women into developing their own definition, apart from what has been prescribed. The part that left me a bit stunted from this poem was when she mentions names such as “Alan Ginsberg” and “Walt Whitman,”(1280).
The Wife of Bath, without a doubt is Chaucer’s most memorable character. In the General Prologue, long before her tale is presented Chaucer provides us with insight about her personality while painting a vivid picture of this aged, but lustrous woman in our minds. The Wife, as a storyteller in the Canterbury Tales represents only one of two females, which is a separate estate of its own. She wastes no time in contradicting the proposed stereotypes of what women of this time should think, feel or even how she should present herself. In her own words she suggests even during the middle ages women then, may have wanted the same thing that many women strive for today; to be known as a woman of strength, that is not only fierce because of her words, but because of the power of her sexual instrument.
Indeed, those concepts of sexual behavior have different views according to the historical context. On one hand, it may be taken into account the ideal way of living of the Victorian Era. The imperious obsession with recreating virginity borderlines the way men used to inscribe it onto women. On the one hand, “Angel of the house” was one of the terms which aimed to promote an image of innocence and chastity indispensable in a woman, especially in a wife-to-be. T the term “fallen women” was the antonym.
When we first meet Curley’s wife, Steinbeck makes her appear very flirtatious and dangerously beautiful. Steinbeck does this by giving her features that are very atrocious but yet lures you such as ‘full, rouged lips’, ‘red fingernails’, and ‘red mules’. The word ‘red’ symbolises many associations with sex, lust and seduction. Another quote that would question the reader would be, ‘She’s a jailbait.’ From this quote alone, it evokes the reader of suspicion that she could be the ticket to jail as well as being an object that would foreshadow later in the book. In addition to the previous paragraph, we also know that Curley’s wife is a married woman, a possession of Curley’s.
However, even though the husbands were bothered by this, she took extreme enjoyment that she had such power. The Wife almost seems to be evil with her actions, especially when she knows she is treating the husbands in such a manner. She uses her femininity and the fact that she is married to take her actions of sexual desire to extremes. The Wife believes that since she is married, she is allowed to pursue her desires with no shame. With the different personalities of the characters that tell their tale on the trip in The Canterbury Tales; the Wife of Bath has a particular nature of true femininity and power which seems to be only evident when she is married.