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Pathedy of Manners

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Transcript of Pathedy of Manners

She
learned
the cultured jargon of those
bred
To
antique crystal
and
authentic pearls
,
Scorned
Wagner
, praised the
Degas
dancing girls.
And when she might have
thought
, conversed
instead
.
She
hung up
her
diploma,
went abroad
,
Saw catalogues of domes and tapestry,
Rejected an
impoverished
marquis,
And learned to tell real Wedgewood from a fraud.
At
twenty
she
was
brilliant and adored
Phi Beta Kappa
, sought for every
dance
Capture
symbolic logic at the
glance
Of men whose interest was
their sole reward
Ellen Kay

Pathedy of Manners
Nathalie Aguirre
Hailee Collins
Mary Marines
Period 1
Back home her breeding led her to
espouse
A
bright
young man whose pearl cufflinks were real.
They had an
ideal
marriage, and
ideal
But lonely children in an
ideal
house
I
saw her yesterday at forty-three,
Her children gone, her husband one year dead,
Toying
with plots to kill time and re-wed
illusions of lost opportunity
.
But
afraid to wonder
what she might have known
With all that wealth and mind had offered her,
She shuns conviction choosing to infer
Tenets
of every mind
except her own.
A
hundred people call
, though
not one friend
,
To
parry a hundred doubts
with nimble talk
Her meanings lost in manners
, she will walk
Alone in brilliant circles
to the end
Ellen Kay is an American poet She writes as a form of expression and as a record of family memories. She teaches at universities and high schools.

Pathedy of Manners
By Ellen Key


At twenty she was brilliant and adored,
Phi Beta Kappa, sought for every dance;
Captured symbolic logic and the glance
Of men whose interest was their sole reward.

She learned the cultured jargon of those bred
To antique crystal and authentic pearls,
Scorned Wagner, praised Degas dancing girls,
And when she might have thought, conversed instead.

She hung up her diploma, went abroad,
Saw catalogues of domes and tapestry,
Rejected an impoverish marquis,
And learned to tell real Wedgewood from a fraud.


Back home her breeding led her to espouse
A bright young man whose pearl cufflinks were real.
They had an ideal marriage, and ideal
But lonely children in an ideal house.

I saw her yesterday at forty-three,
Her children gone, her husband one year dead
Toying with plots to kill time and re-wed
Illusions of lost opportunity.

But afraid to wonder what she might have known
With all that wealth and mind had offered her,
She shuns conviction, choosing to infer
Tenets of every mind except her own.

A hundred people call, though not one friend,
To parry a hundred doubts with nimble talk
Her meanings lost in manners, she will walk
Alone in brilliant circles to the end.


the use of the
words was indicates
that she will not stay
this way
her age indicates that
she has her life to live
and a world to experience
Phi Beta Kappa is a fraternity, but
is one of high honor, and
intelligence. At first it seemed like
they valued her intelligence
but then we see that getting her
would be a prize.
This is representative of the fact that She chooses to be in charge of her own fate, and will choose to do what makes her happy rather than what she is excepted to do.
The speaker's diction of the word learned leads us to believe that
she struggled to live with the high
society.
It is clear from the speakers point of veiw that she sees the high society in a negative light
She said bred as if they are no more
important than dogs, their pedigree is
all that matters
The diction shows that she is thinking about the what-if situation instead of the what-is situation. "Afraid to wonder" creates a feeling of guilt within the girl.
The diction used here reveals to the audience how the girl was trying to see how other people were living and compare her life to theirs. She clearly wanted to fit in with everyone that was ranked higher than her in social status.
The function of this stanza is to convey the fact that this main character is thinking about what she could've had instead of what she does have. It also creates a sense of paranoia in the girl because of her thoughts. The whole stanza shows how she could have had a good, decent life, but instead, she threw away her education and only married a rich man to put her higher in society.
The diction the author uses here shows how the girl is surrounded by tons of people, but they are all uncaring and they only talk to her to waste time. It also creates a helpless and also hopeless tone.
The girl is a totally different person than she was at the beginning of the poem. There is still a hopeless tone and also a sad ending because here, she is stuck in the thought process of being a prosperous woman; trying to do the things that will put her higher in society instead of making her happy.
The function of this stanza is to reveal how this girl is surrounded by many people that she once knew as her "friends," but now they are just people that don't care about her and that only talk to her to pass time. The author shows that she lost these people through her selfish actions; doing things such as marrying a rich man just to put her higher in society so she would fit in.
Wagner was a composer. He had many opreas that were differnt from others. He wasn't a feminist but at the time he seemed like one because omg how dare he protray in his work that woman should be incharge of their own sexual encounters.
Meanwhile Degas is a really creepy anti-feminist. All of his paintings are of ballerinas porttrayed as submissive, unable to fight for themselves, only supposed to be pretty. and enforced the idea that women have a submisssive role to play in society.
Again we place the idea that women are not thinkers.
And this one in particular went against her nature to try to fit in with society.
It also illustrates how the talk associated with her type of people usually never think when they talk.
Talking is not graceful or poetic it is a way of manipulation.
This is representative of how she hangs up her dreams. She leaves them and she ignores what she knows is truth.
She rejected any ideas of the lower class and thought that she was better once she became accustom to the lifestyle of the upper class
Double meaning: getting married and also means adopting or embracing a lifestyle.
Ideal is a word that's meaning changes depending on the ideas on each individual person. Here it is used to show how this isn't her ideal life.
Connects back to the reference made in the first line of how she is brilliant in order to contrast the differences between the two and show how she settled.
Only time the speaker references themselves, they are most likely an old school friend.
Childish,demonstrates how she didn't really care for her husband just wanted to secure her place in society.
Demonstrates how she believes that she lost her chance to live her life once she got married.
Pathedy is a made up word with no formal definition.

Ellen Kay is making fun at the path that was taken.

Manners most likely relate to a rich and beautiful society that is very high class and exclusive.
The hilarity of Trying to Hard
Walter, Natasha "Wagner's Women ." The Guardian.N.P. 14 April, 2006 Web 11 Jan. 2015
"Veiw Degas Artworks from The Painted Girls." Cathy Marie Buchman. N.P., N.D. Web. 13 Jan. 2015
Works Cited

THEME
The power we have to make our own decisons
How we shouldn't give up what we value based on what society wants
Don't pretend to be something your not, because then you'll turn into it
"Home." APEnglishP3 .Tangient LLC.n.d. Web. 12
Jan. 2015
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