- Feb 2017
an imagery of killing
My mind immediately leapt to Woolf's rather graphic visualization of killing the Angel in the House. The timeliness did rather seem to underscore his point, here.
The Angel in the House.
(Please forgive all the bullet points, but hypothes.is was not cooperating with my formatting. The options were either this, or to have the poem become one long paragraph)
- Man must be pleased; but him to please
- Is woman's pleasure; down the gulf
- Of his condoled necessities
- She casts her best, she flings herself.
- How often flings for nought, and yokes
- Her heart to an icicle or whim,
- Whose each impatient word provokes
- Another, not from her, but him;
- While she, too gentle even to force
- His penitence by kind replies,
- Waits by, expecting his remorse,
- With pardon in her pitying eyes;
- And if he once, by shame oppress'd,
- A comfortable word confers,
- She leans and weeps against his breast,
- And seems to think the sin was hers;
- Or any eye to see her charms,
- At any time, she's still his wife,
- Dearly devoted to his arms;
- She loves with love that cannot tire;
- And when, ah woe, she loves alone,
- Through passionate duty love springs higher,
- As grass grows taller round a stone.