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Perfume in Poetry

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Poetry on Perfume

Often poets write about similar subjects. One of the subjects that at least four different poets wrote about this the sense of smell or the use of perfume. To each poet it meant something different. Yet, there is a similarity in the poetry as well. There can be comparisons made and in general the poets are saying similar things even each poem is written in a differentiating manner.


Analysis of "Essential Oils-are Wrung" by Emily Dickinson

The main symbol of the poem is the attor or perfume of roses. The symbol of the rose is used in reference to an essence or smell that will be in a woman's clothing drawer long after she departs from the Earth. This image depicts the poetry of Emily Dickinson which was found in her dresser drawers. What she describes as the wringing of the rose represents what the author of poetry goes through in life as she writes poetry. The sun is used to describe the creative force of nature. The suffering in the poem is the suffering of sensitive and artistic people. The general symbol of the rose could be representing ordinary nature. The main point of the pain is creation through suffering.


Analysis of the Bluebell

In this poem, Bronte the writer describes herself as living a toilsome life and longing for something more. She finds this in looking at a flowerbed and smelling the scent of the flowers. She describes that as she sees this bed of flowers she concentrates less on her troubles and more on their beauty and fragrance. When she sees the bluebell flowers she is filled with bitter feelings. It was during her childhood that finding bluebells was a rare treasure and she was happy then. In adulthood, the carefree days of her childhood were just a memory. The last stanzas suggest that instead of mourning over faded memories and lost time, it is better to learn from the past and have hope for the future.


Analysis of "Cologne"

Coleridge is describing a disgust for people who try to cover up their odor which is symbolizing sin or wrongdoing with cologne. He is saying that the covering up of wrongdoing only doubles the sin. The river Rhine or water washes away the cologne. Yet, the river is contaminated by the cologne. The river is symbolizing the world. When people sin it contaminates or pollutes the world. The end rhyme is the author asking what power is going to wash clean the river Rhine.



Lilies, Roses, and spices abound.

Girls are taught to be beautiful and sound.

Yet we learn very young that it is still a man's world.

And, we are taught our place in society in which we are furled.

Yet when a woman threatens another woman the claws come out.

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Some of the worse misogynists are not men without a doubt.

If another woman gets the guy you have a crush on she will pay.

Jealousy, envy, and wrath come out every day.

Men pad each other on the back and compliment one another.

Women gossip, back stab, and have a hatred that can smother.

With limited resources and everyone in it for themselves.

Women can be very cruel when into hatred they delve.

In France to wear your Mother's perfume is taboo.

For women to compete with each other like that is wrong in their view.

To play with the boys means you have to be one of the men.

Agreeing with their opinions can be harmful to other women.

In order to fit in or be part of the in crowd sometimes the weak are oppressed.

A woman is often judged by what she looks like or how she is dressed.

When Auschwitz guards went into Ravenstock they were scared.

The female guards were viscous and their hatred was bared.

Drug addicts and alcoholics always lean on support from a man.

They ignore other women and hate them because they can.

Women learn to hate themselves at a very young age.

We still do not have equal rights and to an extent live in a cage.

Women need to learn to love themselves fiercely

And not to depend on a man's mercy.

We should learn to nurture, care, and support one another.

Women should become as supportive as two brothers.

Women can excel on their own.

But, they are better off if they have a team so they are not alone.

Little girls are taught to be everything nice.

Yet in order to survive they are taught cruelty and vice.--- Megan Fricke


Analysis of "Perfume"

The poem, "Perfume" by Megan Fricke is strictly referring to perfume worn by women. The poem is revealing that the perfume and outward beauty of women can cover a dark inside or sinful nature of competition, jealousy, aggression, and other unlikable traits mostly aimed at other women. The poem reveals that perfume is used to mask something and that looks can be deceiving. It reveals that women can be very mean to each other and points to the direction that women should not act that way.


The four poems are similar in the sense that all four are discussing fragrance, cologne, or perfume. Each poem is discussing the sense of smell. Both Emily Dickinson and Emily Bronte are seeing perfume as something that lingers after a life or time span as passed. Both Coleridge and Fricke are seeing perfume as something used to cover up sinful behavior or sinful nature. Yet, each poem is different and really diverges from every other poem on a similar subject. Dickinson is talking more about perfume representing her poetry and immortality and Bronte is using the image and smell of the bluebells as representing time that has passed. Coleridge is using Cologne as covering up the sins of people in the city he is in. Fricke is using perfume as more of a symbol of good looks and perfume covering a a sinful nature illustrated by the way women can behave towards each other. There are many poems written about many different things. These just happen to be four written about the sense of smell or perfume.

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