Unformatted text preview: As the vine, and what it produces, ravishes Bacchus and his subjects, the narrator, as a vine, ravishes his once civilized lady, “So that my Lucia seemed to me, Young Bacchus ravished by his tree” (12, 13). Slowly throughout the poem, the vined narrator entrances his lover by twining his leafy extremities around her. The Maenads, female followers of Bacchus, were also once upstanding ladies. Once they came under the spell of Bacchus, they lost all their senses and engaged in drunkenness, crazy sex acts, and dancing. Both the vines of Bacchus and the vine of the narrator are sources that can lead to immense pleasure as well as peril. They both have the power to seduce and to imprison. Merrymaking can be derived from drunkenness, but ill things can also evolve out of too much of this. The vine of the narrator can bring about once unknown exciting things for Lucia, but at the possible cost of her reputation...
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