What is the theme of the poem "feast" by Edna St Vincent Millay?
is this poem about the dissatisfaction of carnal desires
or the poverty a humanbeing under go? my college teacher says its poverty and my tuition teacher say its about dissatisfaction......... so i need to get a clear and logical idea about the poem
Edna Millay is a controversial poet who's life style is equally controversial.She is a women who seems to be dissatisfied with life and what life has to offer.Thus she is someone who seems to be a failure in fulfilling her desires(carnal pleasures).Thus we could come to the conclusion that the theme of the poem is "Dissatisfaction"
Millay uses food imagery throughout the poem she finds her looking for fulfilment and satisfaction in places where she cannot find them "I came upon no fruit so wonderful as want".She looks for wine in a vine and in a root.She is someone who looks for complete satisfaction and fulfilment of her desires.And if she cannot get what she want she would rather remain hungry and thirsty."I will lie down and lean with my thirst and hunger".
My idea is that the poem resurrects social problems. Mainly it is about disparity between poor and rich..So as a theme poverty can be taken. In additon to that poet's dissatiction towards may also reflects within that theme.
This poem briefly and forcefully tells us about, the hunger and the thirst of the poor American people of 20th century.