Standing Female Neude Poem Analysis

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Standing Female Nude poem actually derives from George Braque’s La Grande Nude portrait which belongs to the Cubist art movement which began in Paris around 1907. The Cubists used analytic system which requires to redefine the three parts of the portrait from several points of view, instead of using the single point of view. The moment is mentioned as ‘a new way of representing the world’ and divided into two phases as Synthetic(1913-20’s) and Analytic(1907-12) phase which is implied and mocked in the Standing Female Nude. The poem has also a very significant meaning for literature because of that it is a good symbol for the destructive effects of Cubism and Patriarchy which can be seen along the whole poem. In early era of Cubism, …show more content…
The poet has chosen this poem because of that she wanted to use the idea of prosopopeia as Grace Nichols does in Picasso, I Want My Face Back. This influence is seen clearly in Standing Female Nude in which there is an interior, dramatic monologue which Duffy usually use in her poems and belongs to the narrator who is also the prostitute. This is also what causes intertextually. This three stanza poem’s literal subject is a man who draws a whore. As always, Duffy uses a accessible language, additionally, not using specific scheme, rhyme or meter which demolish the eloquence of poem. Notwithstanding, there are also several imaginary which were splattered along the whole poem. The message, comprising her response to the painter and patriarchal system, is given through the aspect of a prostitute who is modeling to the Cubist painter George. In doing so, the poet has selected that title to create a contradiction with the context. Because the title, Standing Female Nude, has classification and objectification of women however the poem indicates the woman’s thoughts as an inner and dramatic monologue. As an example, “Standing” word seems like “stagnant” which implies women’s statue which never improves in the …show more content…
She also selects to explain herself by emphasizing that her private self is different than her public personality. The way she sees and interprets the society and how society sees her are different two things which create another issue to discuss. Similarly, the theme of poem is objectification of women, oppression of class and genders. Here are some proofs; “Belly nipples arse”(l. 2), “I shall be represented analytically and hung”(l.5), “You're getting thin, Madame, this is not good. My breasts hang slightly low”(l. 9-10-11) and “it does not even look like me.”(l.30) In the meaning of dramatic dialogue, While attempting to use ekphrasis, Duffy has written the poem to give a voice this french prostitute who was modeling for George Braque and make us see and query society’s attitude and aspect towards prostitutes who have the worst statue in the society, or generally,

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