The criticism is of course fair enough, and would be brave and original as well, if delivered a hundred years ago.The sexual charge in all Williams' poetry more or less "asks for it". Still, this little 1916 poem has, if we may dare to use the term, "engendered" more oceans of cheap gendered critique than it probably earns.I mean, without ponderous essays deconstructing such relatively innocuous specimens of brutal male transgression, where would sentences like this one go to find a home? "This polemical concept of gaze, itself the product of the hyperbrave binarist stage of gynocritical thought, may have serious uses for the analysis of lyric poetry in helping to identify elements of the diegetic relations depicted..." Well, to academic conferences I guess.The comic attack is at once equally unfair, and much more telling, and (bonus) you don't even have to be wearing a long black coat and frowning in order to enjoy it.
YOU ASKED FOR ITForgive me as I stand Over this sexuallyCharged wordMonger’s ware And ogle it.
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