Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Theory Questions: To the Ladies

Last post! Awwwww...

Anyway, I saw this a couple of posts ago, liked it, and snatched it up for a feminist critique.

To The Ladies, by Mary, Lady Chugleigh

Nothing about this poet doesn't scream "feminine critique!" at me, except for maybe a line or two that's calling for a Marxist critique, but since we didn't cover that this semester I won't go there. The first line, "Wife and Servant are the same," sets up the tone for the entire poem and the fact that this was written in 1703 amazes me beyond words. It's very Feminine Mystique-very second wave feminism--and yet, comes 150 years before Seneca Falls. If anything, this poem proves that there is, in fact, inherent discrimination in marriage and it's not some modern-liberal propaganda. Anyway, here are the questions that I think should be asked about the poem:

1. How does Chudleigh justify her claim in the first line?
2. What message(s) is Chudleigh trying to send to women?
3. Why is Chudleigh comparing men to God? Is this a positive comparison?
4. What significance does the date hold?

ps- feel better professor...


Prof. L said...

Thanks !. Awesome posts throughout the semester.


jaccoma said...

She seems to use the God as man as sort of an indication that man is similar to her ruler, someone that the speaker signifies with a master or someone who is above her.