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Poetry Paper The alternate versions of May Swenson's poem "Women"(pg 474 & pg 477) will be compared and discussed to point out several differences as well as similarities which make the poem more effective and why. At first glance, there are obvious differences in form because the poem on page 474 was open form, also known as free verse, while the same poem on page 477 was written in closed form or fixed form. The form in which a poem is written can dramatically change the overall meaning of the poem. This was very obvious when comparing the poem and its two different forms to one another. When I first looked at the version written in open form on Pg 474, it painted a ...view middle of the document...

Reading the poem in two entirely different ways still gives it meaning but the question I am pondering is which way does Swenson want it to be interpreted. The two different ways of reading the poem may interpret that no two women are alike. There are so many varieties of personalities, shapes, and thoughts women have then there should not be any one way of writing the poem. The open form challenges the reader to take a stand and make a decision as to there own interpretation. As if to say to the reader, there are as many possibilities to this poem as there are for individual types of women. The word pedestals was repeated throughout the poem. After reading the poem and noticing the repetition of pedestals, suddenly the image the open form created could have been associated with a pedestal. Due to the nature of a pedestal with it being so strong and sturdy, I could assume Swenson was trying to portray how strong women could be especially since the poem was written in 1970 when women were considered to be the homemaker and not the bread winner. Maybe Swenson was trying to show readers women were a pedestal in the house and without them being able to support the men while they are away at work, the house would not stand up. The line " the gladdest things in the toyroom" was isolated as well as "egos dismount...

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