Q1 Essay 'The Wife Speaks' - In her poem \u201cThe Wife Speaks\u201d Elizabeth Stoddard brandishes her feelings for her life partner in a way subversive to

Q1 Essay 'The Wife Speaks' - In her poem u201cThe Wife...

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In her poem “The Wife Speaks”, Elizabeth Stoddard brandishes her feelings for her life partner in a way subversive to her time period of 1895. Considering the title, she acknowledges this before the prose begins; already, an aloofness to higher authorities agitated about anything being spoken by a woman characterizes the vibrance of her thoughts on her marriage. In the first lines that follow, she directs her words at her one and only “Husband”, looking back on days past. Stoddard’s poem is first set in a fond and reverant tone as she remembers the first days of her marriage. Alliterative and rich descriptors such as “so splendid” (line 3) bring out the images she conjures of the Sun rising on their wedding, tricking them into thinking winter had become “fair spring” (line 4). The season of spring and sunrises each associate with feelings of fertility and new beginnings. Stoddard is looking with nostalgic glory on the days she spent as a
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