replymarksaguimo wrote on Sep 13, '08
Order for Masks by Virginia Moreno; an Analysis
The poem, Order for Masks, is vividly discussing about a woman who are referring herself as a harlequinade; a pantomime, supported by the phrase “black tights and fool’s cap” worn by a clown. This was a preface to the whole idea of the poem, being as performer or better word “a pretender” to the “three men in her life”. The gender of the speaker was supported by the mythological name “Philomela” on the third stanza. On most part of the poem, several allusions were used like the “Billiken”, is a charm doll that was patented on a dream; elf-like with pointed ears, a mischievous smile, and a tuft a hair on his pointed hair, maybe referring talking to her dream or to herself to have a three masks. A mask that she would be wearing when she is with her twin brother is a mask that is totally opposite to his. The second stanza is rendering a scene that the speaker let her twin brother to be separated to each other to not let him know whatever she’s hiding by performing opposite of her twin. The second one she wants’ to make is a mask to her father. The third stanza showcases that the mask should make her father believe that she was still an innocent daughter that is usually known. Because of the allusion “Philomela before she was raped”, refers to a mythological figure Philomela, an Athenian princess, who was escorted and raped by Tereus on the voyage to Thrace. “Before she was raped” were rendering the speaker’s chastity and innocence. Another allusion “Lear” is refers to “King Lear” on Shakespeare’s tragedy novel King Lear who underestimated his three daughters that led to his fall. “Blind Lear” supporting the idea that the speaker is hiding something that would not let her father traces or notice it by pretending that she is still the daughter she knows. And the last mask she would wear if she is with her “Seducer”. Here on the last stanza, it shows the one she’s hiding. Words...
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