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Brown 1 Meaghan Brown Professor Poulin British Literature 2 March 25, 2008 Genderized Poetry Gender roles during the Victorian Age, including the silencing of women and domination of men, shaped the works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Robert Browning, and several other Victorian artists. In Victorian society, women were silenced and subservient to men. Rossetti’s “The Blessed Damozel” and “Jenny” exemplify true male domination by giving the female no voice, while the male speakers form opinions and words for the women. Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess” was another poem with a male speaker and no female voice, but this male is speaking of his deceased wife. Each of these poems touch upon the fact that women are beautiful creatures to be seen and not heard. The voice of “The Blesses Damozel” is a male speaker who accompanies his own words accompanied by his imaginative female response. In this imaginary world, female bodies are representations of the speaker’s needs and desires. Images describing the "blessed damozel" such as her hair being "yellow like ripe corn" convey an incredible materiality, and also stress the importance of her body and overall appearance as opposed
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