Comment 2 of 2, added on June 1st, 2009 at 2:11 PM.
One might easily read this poem under a feminist perspective as well.
Regardless of the poet's intention, this piece of poetry can also be a
representaion of this other rebellious self within women that fails to
speak and go against its social function.
Thus the bear becomes the body prisioner to this submissive soul, as in
Foucault. The body of the Madwoman.
Davi Pinho from Brazil
Comment 1 of 2, added on February 2nd, 2006 at 10:27 AM.
This poem reflects the true nature of alcoholism and its hold on man. You
have to read between the lines to understand this poem. This is an old
poem written in the early 1930's and was written after prohibition and the
effects of the 18th amendment. Alcoholism even back then was considered a
social problem that got way out of hand and that is why the 18th amendment
was enacted even though that created organized crime against the government
and then the 21st amendment was created. In todays society alcoholism is
so widespread that it has become a mental illness within oneself. I think
everyone should read this poem and the burdens that each alcoholic bears.
from United States