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    Woman as she is figured as a muse of darkness

    Woman as she is figured as a muse of darkness either to light the way to tribal wholeness or to expose "the exact / and tribal, intimate revenge" has perhaps received its most well-known personification in Seamus Heaney's Punishment. (Quoted from Untrodden Regions of the Mind: Romanticism and Psychoanalysis)

    Can any native speaker explain the phrase "Woman as she is figured as a muse of darkness"? Thank you very much for your help.


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    Re: Woman as she is figured as a muse of darkness

    "Muse of darkness" appears to imply that Heaney's poem uses the image of the executed woman as a symbol of the savage response of society to women who transgress, this response being the dark side of society.

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    Re: Woman as she is figured as a muse of darkness

    Can I rewrite the original sentence as follows?
    Though she is a woman figured as a muse of darkness either to light the way to tribal wholeness or to expose "the exact / and tribal, intimate revenge" has perhaps received its most well-known personification in Seamus Heaney's Punishment. (Quoted from Untrodden Regions of the Mind: Romanticism and Psychoanalysis)
    By the way, what is the subject of the main clause?

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