The 's Reflection Of The Ancient Women

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Queering Vivien’s poem entails finding the elements of imitation, anonymity, and/or appropriation. Two of these elements, anonymity and imitation are clear in Vivien’s reflection of the ancient women on Lesbos in herself. Imitation provides Vivien with a means of growing in sexuality, a gaining of knowledge of the women of Lesbos’s ways. The ancient Lesbians work as a template, but suddenly become the same as the lesbians of Vivien’s time referred to as “our” (18). The result of imitation is growing nearer toward the likeness of the ancient Lesbians. Vivien’s body metaphorically becomes “a reflecting mirror,” taking up all aspects of the ancient Lesbians. Vivien and her lesbians go beyond queer imitation to a new form, the same form as the ancient Lesbians. Vivien’s group cannot be distinguished from the ancient Lesbians, since they all mirror one another. Imitation renders Vivien’s bodies queer and identical.
There is no singular body at any point only but “our” bodies. Anonymity then is also relevant to Vivien’s poem. One cannot differentiate between the present “our” bodies and ancient “their” bodies either. No difference exists between them, as they are mirror images of each other. The bodies in the poem are queer as they are both anonymous and imitated, yet simultaneously the bodies transcend time. Bridging a long period of time (ancient Greece to 19th centure Britain) means Vivien does not have a full picture of how these women of Lesbos lived. Imitating the past…

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