FANTHORPE- WOMEN IRONING & NOT MY BEST SIDE
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ENGLISH FANTHORPE POEMS UA fanthorpe have moved her pen and has changed words into melodious poems. She has written poems based on Christmas, paintings and many other themes. The two poems that stands out the most for me are not my best side and Woman Ironing because in both these poem Fanthorpe challenges the painters point of view and gives a different perspective on the events depicted. She always tried to bring out the women behind the canvas by giving her voice. Not my best side and woman ironing share a similar idea where in both the paintings the characters tells the story. UA fanthorpe has changed the artists vision of the painting and has transformed it into the characters story. In the painting the woman say's "The artist didn't give me a chance to pose properly".Fanthorpe has brought the woman alive by criticizing the way the artist has depicted her.
Woman ironing is inspired by paintings by Edgar Degas of woman ironing from the 1880s. Both the poems are depicted on paintings and they give different perspective. Woman ironing is a peculiar piece of poem because UA fanthorpe used her poems to show her tribute to women and one of the great example is Mother scrubbing the floor but in this poem it is different. In woman ironing UA Fanthorpe neglected the feminism of women and gave traits of masculinity in it. In the poem it say's "Show us that muscle power". This is not conventionally linked with women. In this poem the fact that she is a women is also neglected as it says in the poem " I might've been an engine, not a person".Another example which shows the negligence of feminism is " And can anyone tell that under my arms I' m sweating" This poem does not represent UA Fanthorpe's intention of upholding women.
UA fanthorpe brings this imagery of women's shadow and links it in the poem. it says "You are not here to tell me what to do ". This shows the authority and superiority. She is considered as a slave and an e.g for this is " I am used to rudeness". This clearly suggests that she is not even given the equal respects as for other characters. She is considered as slave and with the dull and boring background the imagery is portrayed to the audience. In both of these poems UA fanthorpe was portraying a message which that she wants to give the women the voice which thy didn't have i the late 19th century. She wants to give the voice and wants them to be considered equal and she has done with the help paintings. She has given a voice to the characters which was just some clutter of paint. JERIN ANDREWS
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