Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 9 months ago


Will rate 5 stars.What does this poem mean about gender? Specifically female?

To all that breathe the air of heaven

Some boon of the strength has Nature given.

In forming with majestic bull,

She fenced with wreathed horns his skull;

A hoof of strength she lent the steed

And wing'd the timorous hare with speed,

She gave the lion fangs of terror,

and o'er the ocean's crystal mirror

Taught the unnumbered scaly throng

To trace their liquid path along;

While for the umbrage of the grove,

She plum'd the warbling world of love.

To man she gave, in that proud hour,

The boon of intellectual power.

Then what, O woman, what for thee,

Was left in Nature's treasury?

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  • 9 months ago
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    There’s a different translation here,

    Anacreon is saying that woman’s only gift is beauty, which is the traditional view of the ancient Greeks. Women were not allowed to take part in civic life and were generally held to be inferior to men. Which is why the Greeks were shocked and appalled by the contemporary Etruscans in Italy where women were allowed to take part in banquets and not confined to the home.

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