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Analysis and comments on An Ancient Gesture by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Comment 30 of 160, added on April 18th, 2011 at 12:43 PM.

I hate this poem!!!!!!!!!

jfal from United States
Comment 29 of 160, added on January 4th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Releasechild
Comment 28 of 160, added on April 26th, 2009 at 9:35 PM.

I think the last stanza has the most meaning, and shows what the poem is
about. The poet is stating that a women crying is a gesture to a man to
tell them that they are sad. The men only sees it as that, but then in the
last 2 lines.. it states that penelope is the only one actually crying, and
she is the one feeling the pain

ry from United States
Comment 27 of 160, added on December 2nd, 2008 at 1:47 PM.

i love this poem (please no one correct my writing, i do it on purpose) its
open to so many interpretations you know? likeit can be taken literally,
and it could be a woman waiting faithfully for her husband just like
penelope did, or it could also be a sort of justification of crying, a way
to make it known that there is nothing wrong with shedding a tear now and
then because it does not make us weak, that's why she stresses that
penelope cried too, because penelope was a strong, spartan and eternaly
faithful and determined woman whom anyone could take as an example and even
she cried... also there are different little messages throughout the poem,
like the apron, is it saying that a woman's place is in the kitchen or is
it critizing that ideal? or the lines about bursting into tears because
there is nothing else to do... is she saying that women are useless without
men or again criticizing that idea that we have as a society? she also
criticizes men and the way that they are basically emotionless especially
in contrast with women
or at least thats how i interpret the poem

Zoe from United States
Comment 26 of 160, added on April 3rd, 2008 at 8:37 PM.

In the story odysseus has been gone for about 20 years and penelope is
being pestered to choose a new king and she tells her people that as soon
as she finishes the quilt she will choose a king so by day she quilts and
at night she undo's it. Thought id throw that in

brad from United States
Comment 25 of 160, added on March 19th, 2008 at 10:13 AM.

Ha! you have this for AP? im a freshman and im doing this in our 2nd six
weeks and have to have a resource paper for it. Still a good poem.

the man from United States
Comment 24 of 160, added on February 28th, 2008 at 2:33 PM.

ulysses is another name for Odysseus, it is his name in roman language
learned that from english teacher

sara from United States
Comment 23 of 160, added on February 27th, 2008 at 9:05 PM.

Does anyone know what the theme of this poem is? Please help me out someone

Akram Abdallah from United States
Comment 22 of 160, added on December 16th, 2007 at 4:25 PM.

Ulysses is our 18th president, not the husband of Penelope. This mut be
referring to his reaction to the civil war. Odysseus's only name is
Odysseus.

Frank from United States
Comment 21 of 160, added on June 7th, 2007 at 4:09 PM.

I think she recognizes that the gesture is ancient and universal; as such,
it has become a symbol of a woman's grief. At the end of the poem, she
realizes that it is, nonetheless, authentic. She is acknowledging that her
gesture of grief is beautiful and timeless because it's real.

Jacqueline from United States

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: An Ancient Gesture
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