Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Design of a Young Mother

So I was searching for a connection between Ponge and Frost and this turns out to not be the easiest task. Frost really likes form, particularly sonnets; Ponge likes to make you wonder if his poems are actually even poems. Ponge is very French; Frost is not. The differences outweigh the similarities you see. However, Frost's treatment of his subjects in "Design" (96) reminds me of the way Ponge treats the living subjects in his poems, specifically in "The Young Mother." In "Design," Frost says the moth is "like a white piece of rigid satin cloth" (3). This particularly close look is a method Ponge employs in just about all of his poems in The Nature of Things. More than that, I have noticed a trend in which Ponge personifies the objects he writes about and objectifies the living beings he writes about. In the line from "Design" Frost objectifies the moth by showing it as an inanimate object. In "The Young Mother" Ponge does a similar thing when he objectifies the mother by talking about her body parts, such as the "tall body," as separate from her being. Similarly, Ponge separates the "dead wings carried like a paper kite" from the moth, again using objectification. Overall, it is obvious the methods of Ponge and Frost are very different but these similarities connect their portrayal of subjects.

1 comment:

  1. "Ponge is very French; Frost is not" What does that mean? I'm honestly confused.

    Otherwise, separating the parts from the whole is a really interesting overlap between the two, one I don't see in the other poems by Frost that we read. Who was it, Aristotle?, who declared that a whole is more you would get if you put all the parts together? I can't think about this. I have to go cover the board in quotes from the past semester.