By Katherine Kearns
Robert Frost and a Poetics of urge for food reads Frost's poetry inside a theoretical viewpoint generated, yet now not restricted through feminist research, and it evaluates Frost's chronic feminizing of poetic language in ways in which he often dramatizes as either erotic and humiliating. Kearns examines how Frost's twin and very likely conflicting obligations--to be manly and to be a poet--inform his whole poetics. The research unites psychobiographical and feminist ways to create an adept and inventive tool of interpretation.
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In an ironic sense he does indeed take one from delight right up to wisdom's (closed) door. "18 Weber employs a metaphor from Kafka's "The Judgment" that illustrates a sense of simultaneous gain/loss comparable to that conveyed by Frost's ironies.
Implicit at a most essential epistemological level in his pervasive, unstable irony, which casts meaning down as if it might be "thrown out to delay the wolves," is the failure of the word and letter of the law - that which is written and implicitly rational - to hold against gravity. Language is thus brought, through the seriocomic indignities to which irony subjects it, to approximate man fallen in the dust. Everything that falls converges to rise ever so slightly and to fall again, and in a world whose only meaning lies in this comedy of incessant capitulation a man must take his pleasure as he can.
After drinking, she is divested by the priest of the poisonous "jealousy offering," which he then waves before the Lord. This gruesome story cannot but be associated with the woman who has died just after childbirth, naming her daughter by the one name that most defies the priestly rebuke. "Maple" consigns the girl to the woods where the queenly maple stands, completely naked, arms raised, surrounded by pink and scarlet fallen foliage. The subtext, then, inescapably suggests a standard scenario, whereby the woman has escaped the bounds of civilization by entering the forest and has copulated with a man or with the devil (this is the empowerment of the witch, countered by a poison contrived by patristic authority).