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A-Level Eng Lit C/W Analysis help? watch

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    Need help in analysing the poem for for my C/w.
    i'm trying to find 'how in woman ironing, the author presents masculinity overpowering feminity'.
    HELP ME!

    WomanIroning - U.A. Fanthorpe

    I thought I knew what was coming when he said
    He wanted to do my likeness at the ironing.
    I live in the city, people tell you things. Me looking at him,
    It would be, across the ironing board, my hair and my eyes
    In a good light, and something a bit off the shoulder

    But it wasn't. He rushed around drawing curtains.
    Made it hard to iron. O yes, I had to keep ironing.
    He need to see the strength, he said. Kept on
    About my dynamic right shoulder, then left it out
    Though you can see where he ought to have put it.
    Come on, what's-your-name, he kept saying,
    Show us that muscle power! That's what I'm after.
    I might've been an engine, not a person
    No, I didn't take to him. I'm used to rudeness,
    But he was making such a sketch of me.

    If someone's paying you, it isn't easy
    To speak your mind. Still, Sir, I said,
    I really don't want to see my hair like that,
    all scraped back, like a hot person's hair,
    And anyone can tell that under my arms I'm sweating.

    Hair? Sweat? That's how it is when you iron,
    Says he. You're not here to tell me what to do.
    I'll make you permanent, the way you look
    When you're ironing. O yes, he says, I'll show you
    The way you look when no one's watching.

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