ENG 203 Ancient Egyptian Poetry Questions TYPE ANSWERS FOR QUIZ GRADE
“My god, My Lotus”
O, my god, my lotus …
The north wind is blowing …
It is pleasant to go down to the river
My heart longs to enter it
To bathe with you.
I let you see my beauty
in a shirt of finest royal linen,
moist with balsam.
My hair is plaited with reeds
I enter the water to be with you
And leave it to join you
With a red fish.
It is beautiful on my fingers
I lay it down before you
Contemplating your beauty.
O my hero, my lover!
Come and look at me!
What kind of fabric is she wearing and why might that be a significant detail?
What does she use to make a ponytail?
“Red fish” means two different things in this poem: What are they?
What is the male lover willing to risk to see his love?
What does the reptile turn into?
Think about this: How happy is he and how is that sexual in nature?