Who is the “father” in the 1st poem, ‘The Bee Target on his Shoulder’?
Be gentle with his streamy locks until he gets the wrapper off.
The most obviously ironic line in the poem. I would go with Meriones, from the Iliad (which I have read!). Why did Prynne choose that character to begin his collection with? I guess, because he organises the message to Achilles that Patroclus has died, thereby winning the war.
But actually why?
I think ‘with’ should be read as a promoted beat, rather than a beat on ‘his’, an emphasis which allows something close to love, a message to, independent of gender ‘man’ etc..