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Girl Powdering Her Neck

What is  theme of "Girl Powdering Her Neck" by Cathy Song? The light is the insidesheen of an oyster shell,sponged...

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

Define the theme of "Girl Powdering Her Neck" and then list three symbols and describe the significance of the...

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

Read the last three lines of Cathy Song's poem "Girl Powdering her Neck," What is she trying to say?

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

In "Girl Powdering Her Neck," what is the young woman in the poem transforming herself into?  

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

Could you summarize the "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

In "Girl Powdering Her Neck," is the season, especially winter, implied in the poem?    

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

Liberated or Confined Do you feel liberated as the reader or confined when you read "Girl Powdering her Neck" by...

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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