World War I And The Conquering Male Gaze Essay

2062 Words Nov 7th, 2016 9 Pages
World War I and the Conquering Male Gaze in Marianne Moore’s Poem “Graveyard” When thinking of a graveyard, you think of a place where dead people are buried. Through imagery and metaphor, Marianne Moore takes you on a ride of your life capturing life’s hardships along the way. Moore’s early poetry was written during a period of profound political and social upheaval. The women’s suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries culminated in the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, guaranteeing women the right to vote. The women’s rights movement continued to advocate of gender equality, influencing women’s writing. From 1914 to 1918, the First World War redefined military conquest. Though the United States did not enter the war officially until 1917, the war was still a primary topic of discussion across the country. Both of these historical concerns, World War I and the women’s rights movement are apparent in Marianne Moore’s poem “Graveyard,” which was later shortened to simply “Grave.” The scale of World War I with a huge death toll and the horrors of more advanced weapons had a profound impact on the way that people understood the world. The issue of territorial expansion was one of the key causes of the war and one of the benefits of to the nations that won, which got to divide up Africa and redefine the boundaries of Europe to their advantage (“World War I”). Moore’s poem is aware of the destructiveness that underlies that the desire for new…

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