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Analysis and comments on The Goose-Girl by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Comment 2 of 2, added on February 3rd, 2005 at 10:06 AM.

This doesn't seem all that suitable for infants to me. The image of Spring
as the future queen, entering the year humbled as a lowly farm labourer is
one we can all see for ourselves. And we can see her simple natural
metamorphosis. But the dark yet gaudy alternative version of Whoring Love,
Spring on a Horse etc is heady stuff for infants, as is the fate of Winter
who will be stripped entirely naked, and placed in a barrel full of inward
spikes, to be dragged around the streets by two white horses until she is
dead. I think the images are wonderful, but quite adult. Maybe there is
also an alusion to Edna's open bisexuality and refusal to disguise it in
her statement "If ever I said, in grief or pride,I tired of honest things,
I lied" And that lie would bring on the awful curse of the dark
alternative,

Howard from Thailand
Comment 1 of 2, added on January 14th, 2005 at 7:51 PM.

i think this is a wonderful poem! it will be awsome for the elementary
school contest!

thanks!

Hailee from United States

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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: The Goose-Girl
Added: Feb 21 2003
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Poem of the Day: Apr 13 2009


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