|Title:||A "chosen" P[o]et among [Hu]mans: Denise Levertov's Pig Dreams Read as a Matrifocal Allegory||Authors:||Rodríguez Herrera, José Manuel||UNESCO Clasification:||6202 Teoría, análisis y crítica literarias||Keywords:||Denise Levertov
Mythopoeia, et al
|Issue Date:||2020||Journal:||Tulsa Studies in Womens Literature||Abstract:||This article argues that, far from being a series of playful poems drawing from pastorals and animal fables for children, Denise Levertov's Pig Dreams (1981) can be interpreted as a matrifocal allegory. Pig Dreams follows the life of Sylvia the pig as she is adopted by humans as a pet and becomes a mother. Sylvia's life events can be read as representing the author's sense of herself as a woman poet within a masculinist poetic milieu (in images of orphanhood and alienation), her impending fear of a nuclear holocaust (Sylvia's sense of slaughter), and, finally, the need for spiritual regeneration amidst the drama and chaos of the nuclear era (Sylvia's invocations to female goddesses for protection). As Sylvia grows more mature, both physically and spiritually, she gradually transcends her confinement and moves toward new cosmologies and a more cosmic understanding of her identity. Pig Dreams signals a turning point in Levertov's career marked by a need for matrifocal spirituality and growing sense of her destiny as a woman poet.||URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/10553/75496||ISSN:||0732-7730||DOI:||10.1353/tsw.2020.0002||Source:||Tulsa Studies in Womens Literature [ISSN 0732-7730], v. 39 (1), p. 85-104, (Marzo 2020)|
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