Jeanne Heuving: On "Portrait of a Lady"
Williams, in his portrait, like Moore, utilizes the Renaissance convention of the beauty depicted by her parts:
Your thighs are appletrees
whose blossoms touch the sky . . . .
are a southern breeze—or
a gust of snow . . . .
the knees, since the tune
drops that way, it is
one of those white summer days,
the tall grass of your ankles
flickers upon the shore . . . . (35)
In the quixotic last line of the poem—"I said petals from an appletree"—the speaker unequivocally asserts his presence over the parts, for it is he who "says" them (36).
From "Gender in Marianne Moore's Art: Can'ts and Refusals." Sagtrieb. Vol. 6, No. 3
|Title||Jeanne Heuving: On "Portrait of a Lady"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||Jeanne Heuving||Criticism Target||William Carlos Williams|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||14 Oct 2015|
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