Deir El-Medina

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The ruins of Deir el-Medina provide many insights into the daily lives of a village of tomb-builders. The people who lived in Deir el-Medina left many clues as to what they did from day-to-day. One such clue is the abundance of poems found in a well, carved into shards of broken pottery.
Many of these poems describe romantic relationships and the relationship’s effect on the speakers’ behaviors. Whether the speaker feels lovesick, obsessive, or excited, the behavior of the speaker is different than it was when he/she was not in love. These love poems from Deir el-Medina depict the effects of a romantic relationship on the behavior of the people involved.
Many of the poems found in Deir el-Medina compare being in love to a sickness, thus affecting
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In the poem, “I Wish I Were Her Laundryman,” the speaker discusses his desires to “touch those finespun things lying closest the body I love,” disturbingly suggesting that he wants to touch and hold the clothing that belong to his crush. This behavior is obsessive in the way he describes the clothing as the “finespun things lying closest the body I love,” hinting that the speaker is possessive of the girl he loves. The poem continues in a similarly creepy way when the speaker says that he’d “dry [his] own flesh with the towels she yesterday held to her face,” indicating that he takes pleasure in touching the same things that she touched, no matter how long ago. The speaker’s behavior shows that at least one of the people in Deir el-Medina had been obsessive and creepy when it came to matters concerning the girl he loved. Likewise, in the poem, “The House of My Beloved,” the speaker uses the phrase “I would make like a child in the face of her anger,” referring to how he accepts his sweetheart’s anger towards him, as long as she is acknowledging his existence. The image that comes to mind when reading the poem is a woman angrily yelling at a man while he stands there and smiles, oblivious to his lover’s anger. Any attention from her, even negative attention, is better than her being unaware of his presence. This behavior shows the speaker’s obsessiveness…show more content…
In the poem, “I Passed before His House,” the speaker uses the word “rejoice” multiple times to describe her reaction to her lover’s attention. Because “rejoice” means “to show or feel that you are very happy about something,” the excessive use of the word in the poem emphasizes the speaker’s excitement about her beloved’s attention (Merriam-Webster). Furthermore, in “My Heart Flutters Hastily,” the speaker references her heartbeat multiple times; her “heart flutters hastily”, suggesting that even the mere thought of her lover is enough to make her heart beat faster. This concept can be explained scientifically: her heart beat faster because her adrenaline was pumping throughout her body. Adrenaline is “a substance that is released in the body of a person who is feeling a strong emotion (such as excitement, fear, or anger) and that causes the heart to beat faster,” perfectly matching the speaker’s description of her feelings for her lover (Merriam-Webster). The speakers of both poems are excited, either about receiving attention from their beloved or just thinking about their
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