And bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
“Concupiscent”: lustful, sensual. The sense is that the ice cream is sinfully indulgent, orgasmically delicious, etc. Ice cream throughout the poem at least partly represents pleasurable, sensuous life in contrast to death. Of course, like life, ice cream doesn’t last long.
The stanza in general is full of sexual overtones: The image of a muscular cigar roller whipping concupiscent curds in cups is highly suggestive of masturbation, the word “wenches” meant “whores” in Shakespeare’s day, and those “big cigars” are quite Freudian.
The deliberately Shakespearean diction may also be a nod to the two references to Hamlet that may close this stanza.
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