on love poetry In this essay I will argue that the stereotypes placed upon women commonly associated with love sonnets are inherently misogynistic and will convey this through the comparison of William Shakespeare's sonnet 130 and Daniels 6 from Delia. Shakespeare's sonnet 130 highlights these stereotypes and uses a satirical approach in portraying the unachievable standards set for women in literature which contrasts to the Daniel's poem which is seen to objectify and to devalue women. This essay will also look at the argument of Simone Debeauvoir in the second sex which has aided in my analysis of the poems. In Sonnet 6 from Delia, a collection of sonnets, the writer clearly see’s women as other and is confused by the paradoxical
She thereby discredits his misconstrued perception of women. Through an analysis of these two poets contrasting portrayals of women, one can draw conclusions about the implications of gender in 18th century culture: women were not complacent in their constricted role in society, but instead were acutely aware of the power they possessed. The most fundamental difference between the two poems is the target of their criticism; while Swift criticizes the false personas of women in general, Montagu specifically criticizes Swift (and his friend Pope) on a personal level. From the first line of his poem, “Five hours, (and who can do it less in?) by haughty Celia spent in Dressing,” Swift makes it clear that his criticism of Celia is directed towards wome... ... middle of paper ... ...her husband.
For instance, John Donne’s poems, “Song: Go and catch a falling star” and “The Apparition” both illustrate love as a bad idea to attain; in fact, he forces the reader to understand why love is a bad idea because in “Song”, love is not unattainable because women are not honest or beautiful. For “The Apparition”, the narrator is enraged how his lover, a woman, hurt him and now he is scorned about the decision of her to reject his love. Overall, both poems address different audiences and that their respective speakers make different arguments to those audiences; with these differences in mind, Donne constructs gender dynamics between femininity and masculinity. Using literary techniques, style, diction, and tone in those two poems, he helps his audience understand the views of these two specific poems to buttress his notion that love should not be desired and if you are trying to claim love, then you are going to accept pain as well. For Donne’s first poem, “Song: Go and catch a falling star”, his narrator illustrates how love does not exist because women are not honest or beautiful to give us this ... ... middle of paper ... ...attempting to call men as “passionate lovers” while women are the “rationale lovers”.
I find this clever as it requires the reader to re read the line and puts attention onto the defiant nature of the woman's feelings. In stanza 2 the writer scorns the treatment of women as objects of perfection and shows disgust at the idea of a woman bein... ... middle of paper ... ...rriage for the woman. We can see a development of the poet's thoughts and ideas by the words used. The pronoun, 'we,' is used instead of, 'I, you,' before and this relates to the ideas posed in the last stanza, equality. The husband is called, 'comrade, friend and mate,' whereas before the word, 'fool,' was used.
Objectification of Women in Society In Anne Sexton’s poem- “In celebration of my uterus”, “Cinderella”, and “Buying the Whore” Anne expresses female objectification that nowadays society has towards women. Anne Sexton, an American writer born in Newton, Massachusetts, was frustrated by her family life, where her father was an alcoholic and her mom frustrates her literacy aspiration. According to Poetry Foundation, her poems are considered “confessional poetry,” she expresses her intimate emotional anguish that characterized her life. The central issue on her poems is: being a woman. In “Celebration of my uterus” talks about wanting to be more than just and an object for men and the struggle of being a woman.
Alexander Pope, the author of The Rape of the Lock, writes this poem of a woman, Belinda, who he criticizes upon his heroic-comical ways. Throughout this epic poem Pope judges this young lady, Belinda, for her looks, her thoughts, and her beliefs. Pope creates an image of what he believes is true about women through the way Belinda dresses, how she acts, and how she thinks. He uses irony to mock this woman and to assure that his thoughts are not only about Belinda herself but in all the women in general. Alexander Pope treats women as disorganized, hypocritical, all about beauty, and unintelligent and unfocused in his mock-epic poem, The Rape of the Lock.
In the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, love plays a huge role in the actions and consciences of many of the characters. Although the play is a comedy, it gives incite of Shakespeare’s view of women how they were treated during his time. Women usually had to marry men who they didn’t love and it was inevitable that women were to become solely dependent on men. Similar to many writers, Shakespeare expressed his opinions on sensitive subjects through his works. Shakespeare’s portrayal of women at his time were that they could allow themselves to be rebellious and vulnerable only when influenced by love.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1899. One of the major themes is the cultural perception of women during this time. This short story is semi-autobiographical in the sense that Gilman went to the doctor that is mentioned in the story. She had similar struggles and feelings to the narrator of this story who is facing the controlling nature of her husband. While women of this time were trying to be kept in their private and domestic sphere, it left women feeling hopeless and full of depression.
Add to that why someone chose an apple to create a statement of how it can keep doctors away. Surely that statement was made as a metaphor for eating healthy and having a healthy lifestyle but why chose an apple when you have many options of fruit to pick from? I was determined to find out. I had to make this research somewhat fun for me, especially when my topic focused on apples and not some awesome exotic fruit that destroys tumors and helps heal the world. To begin, I asked my boss, coworkers, family members and a couple of strangers what it is about an apple that keeps the doctors away.
Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock is a satirical poem that features a theme of gender roles. Throughout the poem, Pope uses his protagonist Belinda, to poke fun at the superficial nature of aristocratic women. He focuses on the ritual of womanhood and approaches it like a trivial matter, and her reaction to the offence is hysterical. Through this portrayal, he reveals that the Baron has a childish quality in his need for revenge for Belinda’s stab at his ego. The speaker’s view does come across as misogynistic, but the woman is trying to stand her ground in a society dominated by men.