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Department
English
Course
ENGL 1F95
Professor
Neta Gordon
Semester
Fall

Description
Critical analysis of the use of sound effects in Rosenbergs The Silence of Women In the second stanza of The Silence of Women the speaker describes the context for an older womans anger The ssounds prevalent in the simile words scattered like a sibyls leaves 14 strengthen the idea that a womans words amount to nothing but empty sound just as the prophecies of the legendary Sibyl in Virgils Aeneid have no meaning once they have circulated in the world Further the assonance in the line Voice thrown into a baritone storm 15 picks up on the suggestion of a dire warning as the longo sound in words like thrown and baritone give the effect of a lament This sound effect echoes the sense of the line in which the image of the baritone storm is a vehicle in a metaphor describing the overwhelming sound of mens voices in the world Thus Rosenbergs poem suggests that women are never silent but are rather silenced which accounts for their increasing rage
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