In The Disappointment, Aphra Behn seems to challenge the established roles of men and women in society in order to revise the oppressive presentations of power in relation to gender roles, often notable in the poetic construction of romance sexuality. eNotes critical analyses help you gain a deeper understanding of The Disappointment so you can excel on your essay or test. Discussion of themes and motifs in Aphra Behn's The Disappointment. Aphra Behn's "The Disappointment" LISA M. ZEITZ AND PETER THOMS For at least the past thirty years-since Richard Quaintance first identified the "imperfect enjoyment poem" as a distinct crit-ical category-Aphra Behn's "The Disappointment" (1680) has been read (rightly) within the context of this small body of poetry written by men. by: Aphra Behn. She may allude to Milton's description of the rivers of Eden in Paradise Lost (IV) when describing Cloris' genitalia: "That Living Fountain, from whose Trills / The melted Soul in liquid Drops distils" (49-40). April 1689 in London ; gebürtige Aphra Johnson ) war eine Schriftstellerin , Spionin und Feministin . Complete text of the poem by Aphra Behn. Aphra Behn by Sir Peter Lely © Yale Center for British Art Biography Aphra Behn, the 17th-century poet, playwright and fiction writer, was hailed by Virginia Woolf in A Room of One’s Own (1929) for having ‘earned [women] the right to speak their minds’. Reply. Aphra Behn (* 10. Print friendly version; E-mail this poem to a friend; Add this poem to MyPoemList; Add this poet to MyPoetList; Read this poem in other languages. Enjoyed reading. Juli 1640 in Wye , Kent , Großbritannien ; † 16. Comments about The Disappointment by Aphra Behn. THE DISAPPOINTMENT. Ratnakar Mandlik (1/24/2017 6:40:00 AM) A superb story poem. 5 stars: Read all 1 comments » The Disappointment Score Card User Rating: 2,9 / 5 (35 votes) 1. Behn also portrays sexuality, not with four-letter words or obscenity, but with reverence for its living beauty. I. NE day the amorous Lysander, By an impatient passion swayed, Surprised fair Cloris, that loved maid, Who could defend herself no longer.