Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Sonnet 06: Bluebeard
Volume: Renascence and Other Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1917
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Jun 1 2005
Comment 2 of 2, added on February 25th, 2007 at 6:05 PM.
The writer of the previous post is obviously unfamiliar with Bluebeard, the fictional ladykiller--literally--who hid his many murdered wives in a locked room. Literally, the poem is a retelling of Bluebeard's tale with an alternate ending (although the Bluebeard story could simply be a conceit, a metaphor to conceptualize the speaker's situation). The "Bluebeard" figure is reconstructed as a victim of mental and emotional trespass; the entered room is not a chamber of horros but an emblem of invaded solitude. The gruesome fairytale is transformed into a relationship crisis. Since Bluebeard is the starring character in the poem's sustained metaphor, the title is perfectly apt.
from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on May 21st, 2006 at 10:10 PM.
the name "bluebeard" doesn't make any sence it doesn't go with the poem thats written!!!
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