Eve Names the Animals

by Susan Donnelly
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What attitudes towards Adam and Eve does the Donnelly and poem display?

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Donnelly is writing a poem which attempts to argue against or satirize the male dominance of the Roman Catholic church. Rather than make comments directly about the church as patriarchal, she addresses Adamic naming to argue that the male giving of names, and male religious language, are lacking the empathetic and creative viewpoint accessible to women in general and Eve in particular. She obviously admires and sympathizes with Eve, and sees her own task as a poet as a sort of Eve-ic naming. She thinks Adam superficial and absurdly imperceptive.

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