Sexual Euphemism, Consistent with the Vernacular
This stanza is an extended nature metaphor.
It describes the particular qualities of
a thing in nature and draws a comparison
to the human equivalent. Its final assertion is
humans are inferior.
This stanza is comprised of three images—
the first two are nature-related,
while the third establishes a sexual tension.
This stanza begins by recontextualizing the nature metaphor
in a slightly more portentous way. It introduces religious imagery
and insinuates a deleterious sexual exchange using language
consistent with the nature metaphor and the word "sinewy."
In the poem's final couplet,
we get more religious imagery.
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