The Song of Songs was written over two millennia ago, but we can still recognize those masculine and feminine tropes we're so familiar with today. The man sweeps the woman off her feet! The woman is so beautiful she inspires metaphors! The man is strong yet sensitive! But don't forget, it's the woman who gets the most screentime in these poems—is lady Shulamite our protagonist? And if we read the poem allegorically, how does that change things?