From: Jennifer Formichelli [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
As for the steak, I guess it rather depends upon the context we haven't
got because the poem doesn't give it: what sort of steak it was.
Distinctly odoriferous -- which raises the point that it is
the smell (fragrance?) that matters, more than the steak itself.
The olfactorial activity is an evocateur of the evening meal.
In fact, it may even have been steak and kidding pie. No kidneying.
It is the synesthesia of a sensorially active environment,
one that is not anticpetic and cleansed and safe.
I doubt my student could afford even the cheapest cuts of
steak, given the outrageous tuition she has to pay. From her
perspective even hamburger may look like a luxury.