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Song by Lady Mary Wroth

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on 1 September 2015

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Transcript of Song by Lady Mary Wroth

Song by Lady Mary Wroth
Theme , Mood , Tone and Atmosphere
Tone : Hurt , Melancholy and Livid
Mood : Depressed , Agony , Isolation
Themes : Male dominance , Unrequited Love and Suffering
Atmosphere : The setting seems to be in a household environment of the 17th century when women were mistreated and dominated over

Stanza 3
It was common for a man to flatter and impress a woman , along with promises and hope , before a marriage ; but , as stated in the lines , “He vows nothing but false matter ; / … Let him gain the hand , he’ll leave you / And still glory to deceive you.” , it is eventually broken and the man ensues his own way of dominance after deceiving her .

Lady Mary Wroth
Lady Mary Wroth was an English poet , born in the 17th century , a time when women were subordinates to men .
As women’s work was not taken into much consideration for publishing , she was not very recognized
Lady Mary Wroth was among the first female British writers to have achieved an enduring reputation
The 17th century and Women
Women in the 17th century were largely limited to the domestic sphere and were always supposed to be under some kind of male authority
All professions such as medicine , law and teaching were closed to women and they were only permitted to learn fine arts , literature and knitting .
They often acted as counselors in the home, “tempering” their husbands’ words and actions. Women were discouraged from directly expressing political views counter to their husbands’ or to broadly condemn established systems; nevertheless, many women were able to make public their private views through the veil of personal, religious writings. Again, women who challenged societal norms and prejudices risked their lives

Stanza 1
The stanza commences with Mary Wroth comparing the man’s love to a child “Love , a child , is ever crying;”
He is immensely unsatisfied and is always demanding for more – “Give him he the more is craving / Never satisfied with having.”
This depicts the status and traits of men in the 17th century.

Stanza 2
The second stanza further exemplifies the similarities between a man’s love and a child’s persona
Like a child , the man enjoys playing mean tricks on his wife , makes false promises and is not trustworthy – “His desires have no measure ; / Endless folly is his treasure ; / What he promiseth he breaketh…”
This showcases the large amount of pressure and burden put upon the woman in the relationship

Introduction to "Song"
Song is based on the relations a man and woman possessed and the two opposite roles they played in them
This poem tells us what kind of love men can and will offer women , hence the use of “he” in the poem .

Stanza 4
The man is the prime cause for the woman’s “failure” as she is in a situation of complete turmoil and does not have any form of independency , therefore ultimately failing at life .
He relishes the scene of the woman crying and suffering , as stated in the lines , “ He will triumph in your wailing ; / And yet cause be of your failing :”
There is a great imbalance in the relationship , as the man gives more than he takes

Stanza 5
The man is compared to a firm feather as well as a wolf in the concluding stanza – “Feathers are as firm in staying , / Wolves no fiercer in their preying” Mary Roth assumes that the man is never going to change his attitude . He will stay firm in treating her in the same despicable manner .
In spite of this fact , she can never leave him due to the unfortunate situation of no personal finance and societal pressure, letting the relationship persist as it is .
“ As a child then leave him crying/ Nor seek him so given to flying .” – She can do nothing but heed to his endless demands and can never expect the feather to “fly” , or in other words , the man to change
Writers techniques
Rhyme is used throughout the poem
In the first two lines metaphors are used to compare the male having similar qualities of a child-like desiring for more and more
“Love , a child , is ever crying ;”

By Rhea, Krish R, Jay, Shikhar and Aanya
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