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It is when Sappho reconstructed the intimate relationship between man and woman by placing the female figure in more powerful position that she displayed what appeared to be a slight form of feminism The infamous femme fatale Helen of Troy is used to exemplify the strength of womans capability This is easily proved did not Helen-she who had scanned the flower of the worlds manhood- choose as first among men one who laid Troys honor in ruin Warped to his will forgetting Sappho 41 Helen had the will to choose among the finest of men She chose one whose strength surpassed many Despite his intensity she was able to warp his will and purport the destruction of an entire nation She indeed is a far cry from the subservient woman who exists only as an object of desire for the male element An abundance of feminism the belief in the social political and economic equality of the sexes shines through in the poetry of both Gwendolyn Brooks and Bernadette Mayer who seem to carry on the subtle tradition of feminism in the lyricism of Sappho in a much larger way They do battle with the traditional love sonnet which places the woman in a role opposite to the one favored by Sappho Brooks takes a cunning approach to invalidating the traditional sonnet by using the sonnet itself This observation is made quite clear by Stacy Hubbard for Brooks the forms the traditional sonnet very associations with white cultural hegemony and male-dominated discourse make it an apt if ironic vehicle for protests against social injustice and the tyrannies of poetic tradition 48 Brooks understood the rigid structure of the sonnet therefore it was not difficult to recognize its vulnerability to a change that would create a new role for women in society Hubbard further observes Brooks challenges the traditional sonnets representation of the subject by transforming its spoken woman into a speaking woman and
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