By doing so, Sexton would like the reader to know the difference between a fairy tale and reality. I have been her kind. Posted on 2008-03-30 by a guest. This poem portrays a dark and foreboding atmosphere that serves are a warning to what may lie ahead for humankind if we continue on our current path toward destruction. The opening lines of the poem show how strong her feelings are for her husband. Anne Sexton deconstructs the ending of her retold fairy tale by using sarcasm to change the reader's expectations of the story and myth.
My worry has passed, I am not afraid to try new things and if they bite my thigh. Anne Sexton was a sufferer of mental illness, taking up poetry at the age of 27 as a means of therapy after a serious emotional breakdown. Finally, the essay concludes with a series of leading questions designed to imply and provoke further analysis of the work. Most common keywords Her Kind Analysis Anne Sexton critical analysis of poem, review school overview. The author sets up her version of Cinderella with four anecdotes sharing how others can go from poverty to riches or gritty reality to fantasy. Posted on 2012-08-13 by a guest.
The imagery used in this poem helps the reader to picture the author as nonhuman, and doing nonhuman activities. A woman like that is not a woman, quite. All of us assume roles, do things we are ashamed of — and things that we are enormously proud of. I believe this poem is more of a reflection on the life led by women like anne sexton, those who refused to conform to the ideals which society held for them. Therefore, it is true that the uniqueness and beauty of the narrator and persona started from the side of darkness and went through the light of humility and personal salvation. Williams, and Language poetry is examined.
The narrator of this poem describes herself as a plaster incapable of autonomous movement; her limbs can only be moved by another party for the effect of creating a pose to be enjoyed from the outside. This idea of society casting out the modern. With this liberation, however, I believe comes the end of her social life, the end of her fascade. And this often led her to explore the dangerous borderland between imagination and insanity: I have gone out, a possessed witch, haunting the black air, braver at night; dreaming evil, I have done my hitch over the plain houses, light by light: lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination. Society is to blame, for it forces individuals to conform and if they find fault then these individuals are put on trial, and ultimately, eliminated. Utilizing literary devices such as tone, imagery, and style, Sexton encourages the reader to think about how silly and unlikely a fairy tale ending actually is.
Like Anne Sexton, the speaker in this poem is an outcast woman. The poem describes the way in which things come into view, slowly. Also note the use of syllables, meter and use of rhythm. She is calling attention to herself as she goes through what is similar to a trial by ordeal. Subjected to nervous breakdowns and admitted to a neuropsychiatry hospital, Sexton must have been all too familiar with the staring eyes and the judging minds of the public. It is a knowledge that women need to acquire as what the narrator illustrated in her tenses.
Repetition plays a notable role in this poem as it gives us a sense that the speaker relates to these different personas. By using the metaphorical witch persona, Anne Sexton is connecting her current feelings as an outcast and oddball, with those of the historical witch, persecuted and misunderstood for being 'different. The witch is not merely just an image in this poem, it is an extended metaphor which lasts throughout the whole poem, otherwise known as a conceit, to represent women who feel detached from society. Sexton uses the stories to point out a reoccurring theme: a person cannot become instantaneously happy despite their good fortune, because real life is filled with tribulation. Why not capture what happened and as accurately as possible. I have found the warm caves in the woods, filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves, closets, silks, innumerable goods; fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves: whining, rearranging the disaligned. To many, the Turkish upbringing is warm and the German life colder, but to others dual cultural influences are problematic in a life as short as a shoelace.
It is at one level about Ireland, at another level about the poet and her struggles to make her name and, at still another level, most importantly about the struggle of women for recognition by men as their equals. We are not ashamed to die for such causes — yet all of us fear death even if we bring it about ourselves. Being swallowed by a whale is a common metaphor for a descent into the unconscious — and is also a metaphor for calmness with resulting increased understanding. The comma is not required grammatically and I imagine lesser poets may have tried to make this whole poem nothing but iambic pentameter losing the opportunity for creating special metrical moments that add special interest to this imaginative poem. The bat is a symbol of the explorer and also represents birth and rebirth.
They live happily ever after! The third and most powerful stanza we see the martyr who is self-empowered and remains true to herself as she rides in a cart towards her death. Views on war, marriage, race, and sexuality were about to undergo the most radical transformation yet experienced in the short life of the new country. But Anne Sexton did not let society remain unchallenged in its views. The reading below goes much faster than I think this should go, but who knows? Second Stanza Anne Sexton loved fairytales and myths and the second stanza takes the reader further out into this other world and an alternative role to that of the suburban housewife. Think of this poem as a walk down memory lane — a rather dark, twisted, and not-so-pleasant memory lane.
The robotic and inhuman tone of the poem is represented when Sexton describes herself as a weird creature doing activities a normal person would not do, and she uses strong diction, syntax, and imagery to do this. Though she is not afraid of death, she live her life to the fullest. Anne Sexton was an avid feminist for the early '60s. Because the character and the narrator has one persona, Middlebrook stated that from being part of the oppressive society, she became more powerful and uncontrollabe with her acts whether it is for the betterment of her own or the others. A woman like that is not a woman, quite. In the last stanza almost every image is connected with death or impending death, and the spectacle of it, the witnesses watching coming to include even the reader.
The very title indicates that what it is come will be a glorification of death and, indeed, that seems to be the universally acknowledged intent of the inclusion of imagery that characterizes suicide attempts as dazzling drugs so sweet they make children smile. Sexton initially presents examples of success stories in which people, with lives of hardship, receive everlasting happiness due to superficial commodities. I have been her kind. This shows that she is simply going through the motions of life, a prosaic being devoid of emotion or motivation to live. Women are to be obedient, quiet, and timid. Bedlam was due at the printers on 1 August.