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Final Songs Of The Beloved Woman (Song 7:12–8:4)

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With the two Final Songs of the Beloved Woman, the second part of the poem reaches its conclusion: there are seven songs, five delivered by the woman - three at the beginning of the composition and two at the end, and two by the man. Like the first part, the second also ends with the union of the two lovers in the garden. The structure of the two songs is similar in many ways. In fact, each is composed of two parts, in which the first outlines a difficulty, the second offers the response. Thus the two songs correspond to the description of the various steps in the intercourse of love, by means of the sense of sight, smell and taste (eating and drinking). The Song is not advancing the notion of an adolescent flight into secrecy: rather, it is seeking to confront society, bringing in it the critical instance of love.

Keywords: Beloved Woman; Final Songs; love; poem; society; songs; union of the two lovers

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