On 1/11/2012 7:02 PM, Nancy Gish wrote:
> Putting aside the misogyny central to this poem, what is it supposed to
> say about the music of poetry that any other poem with some good lines
> could not?
> I wonder what would be said if this kind of poem were put forward with a
> corresponding assumption about anyone but a "girl."
> I'm not saying there cannot be misogynist poems (Eliot wrote some); I'm
> asking what it has to do with anything here.
As CR posted there are two versions of the poem that produce different
reactions and the wording changes the music of the poetry.
And replace "girl" with something else like a name (other than "Mary")
and where is the misogynism? I see in the poem a man wanting to be a
monk tempted by a woman, an ordinary woman, not a temptress. Am I off on