The Feminist Struggle Portrayed in Brief History Of The Horse
Lorna Crozier's poem, "A Brief History Of The Horse", offers many different interpretations. However, the structure of the poem breaks down into three stages: past, present, and future. By examining the archetypes within the poem, it can be suggested that the horse stands to represent the feminist struggle, the ongoing battle for women to have an equal place in society.
In explicating "A Brief History Of The Horse," it is of primary importance to examine the logopoeia (thought level) of the poem. The archetype of the horse suggests the poem's feminist aspect. To elucidate, the horse, as a Jungian archetype, represents motherhood and the magic side of man. What Jung
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They are blind to the ills of the horse, to which, being a male, I would have to agree. It is hard for one to acknowledge or even comprehend the struggles of another unless you are the individual. For example, I can examine what it would be like to be a woman in society, but I could never truely grasp what it is like to be pregnant, or to give birth, or constantly play a subordinate role. The soldier's lack of intuitiveness and understanding of the horse is explicitly explained by Crozier, "they can't understand her hours of stillness" or "the mad sound of flies eating her ears" (260). Therefore, men(the soldiers) are not able to comprehend, nor are they willing to understand the feminine struggle. This unwillingness from men to accept or understand the feminist perspective is demonstrated in the next line: "each remembers being pushed through the pale thighs of his wound away from the field where he fell." Thus, men reject the notion of the fact that women are the bearers; humanity is carried and born by women. However, "his wound" may connotate that to be born of a woman is somewhat hurtful. It is their wound, their downfall. It is not a celebrated event, but rather a weakness to have been born by women. Therefore, in history, men are not willing to accept hat women play a key role in society. They reject their birth, forgetting the experience: "he can't remember the name of the country of the day or the year" (260). Furthermore, it also bring to mind that