For the poem "House of Changes," written by Jeni Couzyn, what is the meaning of the metaphor in the first stanza?

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The metaphor found in the first line drives the extended metaphors in the rest of the poem: "My Body is a wide house."

The speaker separates her voice (or voices), which is recognizable in various personas throughout the poem from her actual "Body." She capitalizes the word Body in the first line as a proper noun. Together with the word house also found in that line, the body has a connotation of reverence and respect. Her body is worth honoring, yet it does not capture her soul. That is found in the various voices that live within her.

The speaker asserts that the depths of her being do not rest on just being one woman. Life demands that she play various roles in her life, and in each of these, she is prepared to bring the needed tools to succeed. At times, she is Vulnerable, carefully painting her face and making sure her hair is silken. At other times, she must be Mindful, constantly assessing debts and distributing exam papers. She must also be Commendable, making sure her house is clean and...

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