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Women Analysis



Author: poem of Louise Bogan Type: poem Views: 31

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Women have no wilderness in them,

They are provident instead,

Content in the tight hot cell of their hearts

To eat dusty bread.



They do not see cattle cropping red winter grass,

They do not hear

Snow water going down under culverts

Shallow and clear.



They wait, when they should turn to journeys,

They stiffen, when they should bend.

They use against themselves that benevolence

To which no man is friend.



They cannot think of so many crops to a field

Or of clean wood cleft by an axe.

Their love is an eager meaninglessness

Too tense or too lax.



They hear in any whisper that speaks to them

A shout and a cry.

As like as not, when they take life over their door-sill

They should let it go by.






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Pretty sure the tone of the poem is sarcastic...
She doesn\'t actually believe women to have all of these inferior values, but is mocking the idea that society thinks that they do.

| Posted on 2011-09-19 | by a guest


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Perhaps she is in fact simply using other women as a metaphor for her own flaws. Or is saying that because of her frustration with herself, to balance it out so must the rest of the female gender be similiar to her personality also.

| Posted on 2011-08-06 | by a guest


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I loved this poem becasue she does not juge the women mybe she is the women. But she is talking about alot of women and not justone women or herself but she also bring men into the poem or of clean wood cleft by an axe she must be talking about a man she loves or what the man should do and not a women.

| Posted on 2010-11-16 | by a guest


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By 1923 women had been appointed National Park rangers. Though not traveling there in droves, those women certainly had \"wilderness\" in them, though, I wonder if Bogan is not talking more about a figurative sense of wilderness, an uncultivated self-reliance, than an actual \'love of the outdoors.\'

| Posted on 2010-11-04 | by a guest


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Ive wondered about this poem, as Bogan once made a quote regarding her role as a reviewer (For the New Yorker I believe it was) how she didn't want to criticize other women's poetry/writing. In some sense - she knew what she was up against being a woman - and so I wonder if this speaks of restrictions, perhaps its tongue in cheek which I would "like" it to be -- satirizing women. I do think, however, it deals with women not grabbing the bulls by the horn, so to speak - being passive. Whether it's meant to get the reader to argue ... or it's how she feels, I'm uncertain.

| Posted on 2008-09-22 | by a guest


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Louise Bogan seems to be sriticizing women for being dull, restricted in emotion, and passionless. Maybe due to her loss of one husband and experienced one divorce, she may have lost a lot of faith in the woman existence (within herself).

| Posted on 2008-02-11 | by a guest


.: Women :.

Louise Bogan seems to be sriticizing women for being dull, restricted in emotion, and passionless. Maybe due to her loss of one husband and experienced one divorce, she may have lost a lot of faith in the woman existence (within herself).

| Posted on 2008-02-11 | by a guest




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