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Analysis and comments on First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Comment 16 of 54, added on January 17th, 2013 at 8:31 AM.
First Fig

I always advise my students to differentiate between the personal life of
the poets/authors and their fictitious personae. In Millay’s text, there is
no linguistic evidence as to the the gender identity of the speaker: this
is to say the speaker can be male or female. Also there is no evidence
that the poet is talking about herself.
In the absence of gender indicators, the text could point to either a male
speaker boasting of the joys of indulgence in penile and anal sexual
activities “both ends”, or a female speaker receiving the light through
two out of three corporeal apertures “both ends” : oral, vaginal or

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Comment 15 of 54, added on March 28th, 2012 at 11:53 AM.

I never saw the bi reference....

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Information about First Fig

Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: 1. First Fig
Volume: A Few Figs From Thistles
Year: 1921
Added: Feb 3 2004
Viewed: 367 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 17 2000

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