July 26, 2004

Looking at Dangerous Voices again today as I work on this poem.

p. 126
Women writers, as Schenck observes, seem less willing to make a rupture with their dead, maintaining their relationship to their predecessors beyond the grave by refusing to accept the finality of death. They are also aware that the tears and cries that are their immediate response to loss go beyond the conventions of elegaic poetry but have an undeniable value.


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