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Her Kind Analysis



Author: Poetry of Anne Sexton Type: Poetry Views: 2070

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.

A woman like that is not a woman, quite.

I have been her kind.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.

A woman like that is misunderstood.

I have been her kind.I have ridden in your cart, driver,

waved my nude arms at villages going by,

learning the last bright routes, survivor

where your flames still bite my thigh

and my ribs crack where your wheels wind.

A woman like that is not ashamed to die.

I have been her kind.






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The last stanza brought to mind Gone With The Wind, the scene where Rhett and Scarlett are fleeing the Atlanta burning. There is a passionate scene between them, which stirs desire in scarlett, and Rhett ultimately abandons her, as the driver in the poem seems to have done.

| Posted on 2013-03-14 | by a guest


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\"I have gone out a possessed witch\"
to me this describes a young woman, full of energy and foolishness, non conforming to her environment and appearing rebellious at best. Much of this reminds me of my life as a young woman full of dreams and hope, not worried about consequences. And not quite a woman yet.
\"I have found the warm caves in the woods, filled the with skillets...\"
This describes to me the typical, traditional role woman take on as a mother and caretaker of family. We make a home for others, attend to them, cook, clean, console, teach and all along we are misunderstood. We have no identity-our identity is that of a mother, a home maker, not that of an individual. I have been her kind.
\"I have ridden in your cart, driver. Waved my nude arms at villages going by...\"
As I approach the part of my life where the foolishness and rebellion has subsided, my role as a mother and homemaker ended, I find myself waving my arms, freed from conformity, free to chose my own travels without regret living and attending to me. My worry has passed, I am not afraid to try new things and if they bite my thigh. It is the later part of a woman\'s life, enlightened, empowered, freed in mind and body from rules imposed on us by society and ourselves. I can breathe now and I am not ashamed to die.
---Anne Sexton, as many of us underwent her own trials and faced her own demons. For each of us they are different, yet each of us show similarity in our travels. Some of us never leave the caves and conform without growing as an individual and without enlightenment of our minds. I think this poem cannot be assumed to address only A. Sexton\'s troubles and travels in life. She was too bright, to rich in mind to propose this beautiful piece of poetry to fulfill a selfish portrait of her life only. She is reaching out through her voice, with her experiences to all woman to understand that life does not stop or have a right to stop until we have reached the latter part in her poem. Mesmerizing art, really.

| Posted on 2012-08-13 | by a guest


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I agree with most about the first two stanzas-that the first is about not being the \"typical\" woman, being dark and impure; and the second about postpartom depression. The third stanza immediately made me think of joan of arc, though. Just a thought.

| Posted on 2011-05-09 | by a guest


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I see this as a description of the woman that were outcasts in their society. The first half describes a woman who is so different from the stereotypical women of Sexton\'s time. She is dark and twisted and disturbed; she\'s unusual so it\'s scary to those who do not understand her. The second describes that of a mother cursed with post postpartum depression. How she can only see her children as burdens that she can\'t handle. The last describes an adulteress. A woman who is controlled by lust and desire and who suffers from those sins. By saying, \"I have been her kind,\" Anne admits the many different sides of her and woman like her.

| Posted on 2010-08-14 | by a guest


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I see this as a description of the woman that were outcasts in their society. The first half describes a woman who is so different from the stereotypical women of Sexton\'s time. She is dark and twisted and disturbed; she\'s unusual so it\'s scary to those who do not understand her. The second describes that of a mother cursed with post postpartum depression. How she can only see her children as burdens that she can\'t handle. The last describes an adulteress. A woman who is controlled by lust and desire and who suffers from those sins. By saying, \"I have been her kind,\" Anne admits the many different sides of her and woman like her.

| Posted on 2010-08-14 | by a guest


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This is actually one of my favorite poems. I see it as being about the hardships placed on woman and the expectations society has of her. Post partum depression is certainly called to mind with the feeding of "the worms and the elves". She has been through a lot but it seems she finally decides to cast off the chains society has placed on her and embrace her illness. With her not being ashamed to die, she is essentially saying that she is not ashamed of what she is, almost flaunting it, "waving [her] nude arms". She is calling attention to herself as she goes through what is similar to a trial by ordeal. With this liberation, however, I believe comes the end of her social life, the end of her fascade.

| Posted on 2010-02-27 | by a guest


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To me it is about walking in her dark side and riding where it took her ~ even if it crushed her. She doesn't describe the typical woman, the Stepford wife, the repressed neighbor. She describes the outsider, the twelve-fingered freak who is not at all plain or ordinary. She was more than a non-conformist ~ she was self-destructive, an addict, careening through the dark.

| Posted on 2010-02-23 | by a guest


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This is a powerful portrait of how women are generally misunderstood, even when they have achieved so much in life. When they have raised children, decorated homes, hosted dinner, worked for a living. Anne ends her poem with an execution. And at this point, after going through so much, who would be afraid of the worst case scenerio?

| Posted on 2010-01-17 | by a guest


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I think that this poem is explaining the hurt that one can have on another. Maybe it could be hyperbole in the syntax of the context.

| Posted on 2009-04-16 | by a guest


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i think..
this poem is about how she has been through alot in life. and is not afraid to die and see what is past this life. i think she has fear behind the poem and she is trying to show her bravness over the fear.

| Posted on 2009-03-14 | by a guest


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I think maybe she is trying to justify being higher class because we've all been in each others shoes at some point. Perhaps she's been to all these places and she's comparing it with how she is now.

| Posted on 2009-01-27 | by a guest


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I think this poem means that every woman has struggled with something, and it really displays Anne’s life because she struggled with a lot and no one really understood what she was going through.

| Posted on 2009-01-19 | by a guest


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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. Anne Sexton was an avid feminist for the early '60s. she was also crazy, yet had access to psychiatrists, etc; this poem is showing how she is held almost as a "witch" within her highclass life. it also touches upon the fear of women in general, in that era, and also in history. the Witch has always been a symbol of oppression and fear of women, going back even to the early fears of menstruation, etc.

| Posted on 2008-03-30 | by a guest


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This poem expresses a lot of the control a woman has in her environment and lets us know how each of us, as women, have been in the each other's shoes. Not only does it show our strength among each other in the present, but also in the past. We, as women, are reminded that we are not better or worse than the other, but we have all been in the same place as the other, at some point in our lives. The high class women had to go through the lower class times at one point or another.

| Posted on 2004-09-22 | by Approved Guest




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