A Fine A Private Place & Play-By-Play

In the last stanza, the poet politely asks if the young men would not want to stand on the hill and look down where they have come from, she finishes her poem by asking “Wouldn’t they have liked to see how they looked down there, as they stood for a moment at the plate—bathed in the light of perfect expectation—before their shadows lengthened. Before they walked together up the darkened hill— so beautiful they would not have recognized themselves”. The last line of the last stanza tends to celebrate the women for taking the young men to higher places, for the young men to realize their full potential (Murray, 1972).

This two poems boast of the potential of women and their strength, both poets believe that the women posses a special strength that attracts the men towards them thereby deciding the direction in which the men will follow. The poems have employed a magnificent use of relevant imagery to drive the point home. For instance, the erotic nature of Ackerman’s poem makes one to desire to read more and in between the line in order to find meaning, on its face, it is a romantic episode of a couple who are out to enjoy each other’s company. The same is true of Murray’s poem which draws a significant comparison between the young men and the women in their sixties.

In a nutshell, Gender inequality is very rife in many countries especially in politics. Over the years politics has been a reserve of the men and an attempt by women to get into politics has always been met with obstacles. Writing in 1997, Ortner argues that women have always been looked down upon as potential leaders, the anti equality groups have always worked tooth and knife to ensure that women are under the law and not in any given circumstance the ones making the laws. This has however faced stiff challenge with sexuality becoming centre stage especially in democratic states.

Amnesty International has even gone a step further to fight for gay rights, suggestions have been tabled and laws passed to support the gay community in occupying high offices (Ortner, 1997). “A Fine A Place” and “Play-by Play” have exhaustively raised very salient issues in as far as gender, sexuality and politics marry. These poets have gone an extra mile to ask questions that may bring the necessary change that the society needs to answer. A keen look at the two poems will open a myriad of questions relating to why the women are indeed the future of our politics today.

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