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Analysis and comments on The Plaid Dress by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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Comment 1 of 54, added on June 30th, 2007 at 7:35 PM.

The poet is speaking about the guilt she feels by not wanting to be held to
follow the "moral" code established by the garment that she wears. The
plaid dress, symbolic of Catholic school girl and the Catholic religion, is
a constant reminder to her to maintain those high virtues. She states
"through high judgements given in haste," then counters with "the serious
breach of taste," on a literal level the author speaks about the lack of
fashion of the plaid dress, but on a deeper level, she is letting us know
that she does not deserve to wear the colors of purity because she is
unclean. Even with "confession" or "clean bright hair", she is still marked
by an unclean act that has shamed her. In the opening of the poem, the
"sun" could also be symbolic of the "son of God" and she pleads with him to
wash away her sins by making the dress, representing her religion the root
of her guilt, basically disappear. What is the sin she has committed?
Unpure thoughts maybe? If you read the biography info on the author, she
was openly bisexual and in the time period of her life, it was clearly
unacceptable. This poem may be about Edna's first unpure thoughts about
other women or sex in general.



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Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay
Poem: The Plaid Dress
Added: Feb 21 2003
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Poem of the Day: Sep 10 2006


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