> Has anyone bothered to look into why it is
> that the women are talking of Michaelangelo, rather
> than, say, Rafael, or DaVinci or say the lastest mod.
> art rage?
Possible reasons (in random order):
1. Rhyme and meter: 'Michaelangelo' ends with 'o' and has quite a few
syllables. See also Nacy's post on this.
2. Michaelangelo was suspected of murder ('there will be time to murder and
3. Michaelangelo's interest in the male form. Pace Steve, I don't really see
it as part of a homoerotic subtext. But there is an ironic contrast between
the power of the male bodies in Michaelangelo and the women's civilised
conversation. Compare with Yeats in 'Under Ben Bulben' (1938):
Michael Angelo left a proof
On the Sistine chapel roof
Where but half-awakened Adam
Can disturb globe-trotting Madam
Till her bowels are in heat...
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