" I thought you were my victory /though you cut me like a knife"
The opening lines of Anne Stevenson's poem The Victory set a tone
of conflict. This poem, at its surface, expresses a mother's thoughts
on giving birth to a son. Stevenson describes the mixed feelings many
mothers have upon the delivery of their first born. The final release
from pregnancy and birthing pains, coupled with the excitement of
bringing a live
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cheated in bearing a
male child to the man who is indirectly responsible for her condition.
Why does she have to love him? Does that sum up the plight of woman?
Is it Eve's curse that woman shall embrace man, though in so doing she
must suffer childbirth to bring forth more men? (Or daughters who
shall suffer likewise.) Is that how he has won? The Victory asks us
these questions. They cannot be answered.