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Girl Powdering Her Neck

Song is describing a print of a scene where a woman is putting on makeup and grooming herself. The fact that he is looking at a picture is important because it is a moment frozen in time. The poem...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2011, 12:55 am (UTC)

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Girl Powdering Her Neck

To me, this is a poem about what women have traditionally been compelled to do for men -- how they have been pushed to make themselves into what men want and how this forces them to submerge their...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2011, 10:17 pm (UTC)

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Girl Powdering Her Neck

In this poem, there is a girl who is preparing herself for her day. The last three lines that you are asking about illustrate her looking in the mirror of a pond, as illustrated in these lines:...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2011, 9:03 am (UTC)

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Girl Powdering Her Neck

Literally speaking, the young woman in the poem is transforming herself into a courtesan, a woman who is, to some degree, selling her body. In the Japan of these times, there were women who were...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2011, 10:24 pm (UTC)

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Girl Powdering Her Neck

The poem "Girl Powdering Her Neck" by Cathy Song depicts a woman whose heart is in conflict. It is based on a painting of the same name by Kitagawa Utamaro. In the painting, only the back of the...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2021, 12:56 am (UTC)

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Girl Powdering Her Neck

"Girl Powdering Her Neck" is first a description: these are the details of how a woman—specifically, a Japanese woman of a specific period— prepares herself for the day. After that, it is...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2008, 2:35 am (UTC)

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Girl Powdering Her Neck

Although there are references to winter in the poem, there seems to be a more prevailing and significant motif, that of nature itself. Elements of the natural world outside the girl's room are...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2009, 3:18 pm (UTC)

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Girl Powdering Her Neck

I agree that the poem is more confining than liberating. It is describing a woman who is making herself up to become essentially a plaything used for someone else's pleasure. To me, the most...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2011, 3:20 pm (UTC)

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