In literature class Pato left us an activity about Song by Lady Mary Worth. Based on a video and a presentation we had to make a summary of the poem and answer some questions.
Here is the activity:
-Who is the voice?
The voice is a woman. Moreover, in the poem we can see the writer’s viewpoint about men.
-Write a summary for each stanza.
1st stanza: in the first stanza, Mary Worth compares men with children. And how they act when they are with women. Moreover, it explains how constantly women are trying to please men, but they are never conform. We can see this through this quote: “Never satisfied with having”, this explain that, although, you give men what they desire they will always want more. The writer refers to ‘child’ personifying it as ‘love’, because it is always crying. Since the first stanza ‘love’ is referring to a male.
I this stanza we can see several literary devices, as a metaphor, imageries, auditory and visual.
2nd stanza: in the second stanza we can see how the writer says that we cannot trust in men, they will always lie to you. We can see this through this quote: “What he promiseth he breaketh”, this shows that we should not count on them, they will break their promise.
3rd stanza: in the third stanza in the poem it is still showing that men are false. If you let them gain they will live you and you will fail as a woman. This is shown through the last two lines of the stanza: “let him gain the hand, he’ll leave you, And still glory to deceive you”.
4th stanza: in the fourth stanza the personna says that men are cruel because they are happy, take pleasure in your disconfirm, they are happy when they see you crying. Men will never be able to please women, nevertheless they can give you gifts, if you ask them a favor, they do not do it.
5th stanza: in the fifth stanza the speaker compares men with animals through metaphors. It explains that although it is different for them change their characteristics it is not impossible. Furthermore, it is difficult to take them out of our lives, but when situations as in the poem were explained happen, we have to leave love alone in the same way as we would leave an argumentative child alone.
-What is the theme? And the tone?
The themes of the poem are love between man and women, men actions, relationships, women’s perspective about men.
The poem is based in how men can treat you from the perspective of a woman, and how is the relationship if this happens.
The tones are warning, advising,
-Find at least 3 literary devices and explain them.
1-Personification: We can see this through this quote: “love a child is ever crying”. The poem compares love with kids. Children cry, always want more than they have, they never value anything. As love, from the personna viewpoint, is.
2-Simile: this literary device is present in the fifth stanza. The speaker says “as a child then leave him crying, nor seek him so given to flying”, we should leave love alone as we should leave an argumentative child.
3-Hyperbole: We can see this in the 5th stanza. The voice says “Wolves no fiercer in their preying” trying to show that men are even worse than wolves. They have more ferocity, they are more fierce than wolves.
-In your opinion, which is the most powerful line?
In my opinion “He will triumph in your wailing” is one of the most powerful lines because they not only make you suffer, they take pleasure in your pain. Their victory is making you suffer, seeing you sad. This is why I believe it is a strong line, because the personna is describing men as if they desire to see women unhappy.
-Do you agree with the speaker? Give reasons.
I do not agree with the speaker because all men are not as she describes. Most of them are not false, do not wish to see you sad and truly love you. I believe that some men are as she describes, as some women are too. However, I think, that a bad experience with a man do not mean they are all like that. This is not something that happen usually so I wouldn’t talk about so evil men in general, because, as I said, they are not all like that.