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Analysis and comments on The Pope's Penis by Sharon Olds

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Comment 11 of 11, added on February 20th, 2014 at 12:17 PM.
RELIGION

love this poem. It is wierd, in fact. However, It concerns with religion.
The Sky and the earth are far away, after all. He is a human being, just
like me. My penis live its life, specially at night.

Jaime García Pulido from Colombia
Comment 10 of 11, added on December 3rd, 2011 at 2:55 PM.
For whom the bell tolls.

I love it./
It MOVES me/
to no End.

Regular Joe from United States
Comment 9 of 11, added on December 3rd, 2011 at 2:55 PM.
I love it.

I love it.
It MOVES me
to no End.

Joe from United States
Comment 8 of 11, added on May 6th, 2010 at 7:39 AM.

I think the poem is controversial, not because of the shock value ascribed
to writing about the Pope or his penis, but because Olds is using these two
references to point out the hypocrisy of that type of power and supposed
restraint-sexual or otherwise. Not to go into too much detail here, but I
feel this poem has more to do with the hypocrisy of alleged authority in
general, and the Catholic church in particular, rather than the fact that
the Pope is "just a man". Man can be just as malevolent as he can be
altruistic.

Kaiti from Greece
Comment 7 of 11, added on September 7th, 2009 at 11:16 AM.

for me it's a sad song.it's not than i am not religious but the last two
lines have shocked me.we should have in our minds that the pope is a man
who has completely gaven his live to god.he has no enjoy in his life on
earth.we can ask ourselfs is it worth for so many people to gave up their
lifes and live for god.

Bojana from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Comment 6 of 11, added on January 25th, 2009 at 8:19 PM.

I have to admit this is the finest poem about the pope's genitalia that
I've read. My nickle? Olds was encasing the entire poem in a conceit,
using the piece as fun, wit, play; about something a lot of people probably
take pretty serious. As such I think it reads well. Woo. :)

josh from United States
Comment 5 of 11, added on May 14th, 2007 at 11:09 AM.

Come on cant you see that she's just trying to getting you to understand
that the pope is just like any other guy, he's not different just because
he's the pope. Yeah the poem was funny and a little weird, but if we can
poke fun at the president then we sure as hell can poke fun at the pope and
in the mean time make a point. He's not God he's just like everyone else
just a little lucky.

Ginger from United States
Comment 4 of 11, added on April 10th, 2006 at 1:50 AM.

i think the poem is more than just a piece for grabbing people's
attention..having a controversial subject doesn't equate to attention
grabbing..it is pretty disappointing that a lot of people value a poem for
its shock value and limit themselves to interpret the poem literally..they
never see beyond the words...the words in a poem shouldn't be seen
individually, rather, they should be seen as parts of the whole meaning,
one picture, that the poem wants to say...

jc from Philippines
Comment 3 of 11, added on March 21st, 2006 at 12:14 PM.

i think this is a wierd poem because it talks about the pope's penis, and
that is just wierd.

Rachel from United States
Comment 2 of 11, added on September 15th, 2005 at 12:12 PM.

I believe it is a misspelling, because when I looked up other versions of
the poem, none of them had the same spelling.

In addition, I love this poem, because I believe that it pokes fun at one
of the most puzzling aspects of the Pope's personality, his sexuality. Why
would Sharon Olds title a poem this way? She knew it would immediately
invite controversy, and then after a while, everyone would be talking about
it. Brilliant because after all, most males, including the Pope, have a
penis and what's so odd or controversial about that? Nothing, and yet, the
poem attracts attention for its title.

I also like the way the poem is written and the way it reads. Nice stuff I
tell you.

Andrew from United States

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