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Analysis Of "The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter," By Ezra Pound

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Bootie Call at Cho-fu-Sa"The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter," by Ezra Pound is not only a letter from a woman to her husband, but is also a narrative of a young woman's sex life. It tells of a river merchant's wife's feelings on sex throughout her life and marriage. It also shows how her views change with time and circumstances. The poem starts with her early childhood, and then goes quickly into marriage, and ends when her husband has to go away on business. Never once does the poem mention love, but it does elude to the fact that sex is better when some feeling is involved.Line one and two of the first stanza state, "While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead / I played about ...view middle of the document...

Being only fourteen in the early 1900s and coming from her own oblivious world, it is safe to assume that sex was still taboo to the river merchant's young wife. The poem expresses that taking part in the act of sex was embarrassing to her: "I never laughed, being bashful" (8). The next two lines of the poem also deal with her embarrassment, "Lowering my head, I looked at the wall. / Called to, a thousand times, I never looked back" (9-10). Here she admits that she could not even look at her husband during sex, nor answer his cries of pleasure.The third stanza begins a year after her marriage, and sex is becoming more tolerable: "At fifteen I stopped scowling" (11). It seems that she is actually starting to enjoy sex when she says, "I desired my dust to me mingled with yours / Forever and forever and forever" (12-13)."Forever and forever and forever" clearly shows that she has developed a fondness for her husband, his sex, or both, which could possibly be love. According to the poem, she developed these affections at the same time, suggesting sex and love are relative and can be improved with time. The poem again indicates a change in her attitude towards sex when she says, "Why should I climb the look out?" (14). This line indicates that she feels that she should not be doing all the work. She might as well enjoy sex since it is going to happen to her anyway.A year later, the narrator's husband leaves on business. The fourth stanza tells of her husband's leaving: "At sixteen you departed, / You went into far Ku-to-yen, by the river of swirling eddies" (15-16). The tone of the next line, "And you have been gone five months" (17), points to some sorrow on the part of the speaker. She really does have feelings for her husband now, whether they be physical or emotional, and misses him. The next line, "The monkeys make sorrowful noise overhead" (18), supports this idea. In the fifth stanza, she continues on the same theme of...

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