"Ah, poor Jenny's case" ...

from Ezra Pound – Hugh Selwyn Mauberley I (Life and Contacts) on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is an allusion to Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s poem “Jenny” about a sleeping prostitute. That poem refers to “poor Jenny” and begins with an epigraph from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor:

“Vengeance of Jenny’s case! Fie on her! Never name her, child!”—Mrs. Quickly"

(which leaves off the last bit, “if she be a whore.”)

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