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Nothing is more personal than an individuals work of poetry By reading the poetry of another person you are able to see what they see and feel what they feel It is like looking through a window of their soul Analyzing another persons poetry works can be a difficult task which requires deep thought and the ability to not only analyze but also understand their emotions and feelings By examining the different techniques and aspects that were used in Theodore Roethkes I Knew a Woman I will attempt to do just that I Knew a Woman revels in the wonders of a womans body In addition the poem cleverly uses figures of speech to hint at both the pleasures Roethke found in sexual relations as well as the pleasures he found in language itself The first stanza is full of puns word repetitions and more Word repetition appears four times in this stanza including three of the first four lines It is evident from the very start of the poem that Roethke is planning to play with the language and the reader Words move around and reappear creating a sense of motion that continues through the entire work When she moved she moved more ways than one he announces in line three clearly stating that the poem will also move in more ways than one Repetition appears again in stanza two and stanza three but is clearly dominant in the first The shapes a bright container can contain begins the use of sexual and literary puns and double meanings in the poem This line can be interpreted as the shapes her body can form during her motions but it can also be seen as a metaphor for the female sexual role as a container In terms of a literary pun he could easily be referring to the word play to come in the poem words and lines taking new playful shapes in the container
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