Anne Stevenson's The Victory: An Analysis

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Anne Stevensonfs the Victory Anne Stevenson is trying to portray a motherfs feelings of pain and anguish of giving birth to a child in the poem The Victory, gI though you were my victory / though you cut me like a knifeh (Lines 1-2). Although she must endure such pain, it is also exciting for the mother is bringing new life into the world, which in fact feels like a gvictoryh to a new parent. However, throughout Stevensonfs poem denies the fact that giving birth to a child is a victory, by using words such as gantagonisth (Line 5), gbruiseh (Line 6) and gscaryh (Line 13). By using these selections of words, Stevenson is trying to portray the negative side of childbirth. This poem contains a tone of conflict and anger. The mother feels her own blood running through the veins of the baby that lives within her, gThe stains of Continue...


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In the last stanza of the poem, two rhetorical questions are asked, showing the mother fs true conflicts, gWhy do I have to love you How have you won h (Lines 15-16). Once again, Stevenson fs choice of words reminds one of male aggression. These rhetorical questions are the basic questions of human existence. However, what comes around goes around. However, they to will also sacrifice for their children. The knife had usually been a man fs choice of weapon. This mother sees her child as more of an insect than a human being. your cloud of glory bled from my veins h (Lines 6-8). Babies require continual care from their parents for they are helpless on their own. From lines 9-10 we can interpret that she sees her child as a stranger for the child is described as a gblind thing h (Line 9) with gblank insect eyes h (Line 10). gTiny antagonist h (Line 9) could refer to the male gender. I feel that the author chooses the sex of this baby purposely.

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