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