Analysis Of Her Kind By Anne Sexton

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The Witch Inside In “Her Kind” the audience is taken along for a ride down the speakers’ memory lane. Though it is a sad poem upon reading it, the audience is empowered by the speakers’ story. Anne Sexton expertly utilizes imagery, characterization and repetition throughout her poem “Her Kind”. In each stanza, Sexton uses imagery to reveal the outcast world around her. She describes herself to have “twelve fingers” (Sexton 5). This shows that she is different from others but only in a slight way. The two extra fingers, however, is enough to set her apart and raise a stigmatism against her by society. Sexton goes on to say, “A woman like that is not a woman, quite.” (Sexton 6). This further points out that she is similar to a normal woman but her slight difference of two extra fingers is enough to outcast her and treat her as though she is a witch. Furthermore; Sexton brings up her “Nude Arms” (Sexton 16). Nude arms prove again that she does not live in the rules of society. She talks about how she “waved her nude arms at villages going by” (Sexton 16). Showing that she truly embraces the fact of being an outcast, and not caring about modesty. Sexton continues imagery with “plain houses” (Sexton 4). The author could have picked any word to describe all the houses in town and she used plain. This shows how she uses common words for a common society. Even though she describes herself as uncommon. She further brings up the point that she “has found the warm caves in the woods” (Sexton 8). The author goes into detail about how she has “filled the cave with skillets, carvings, shelves, closest, silks, innumerable goods” (Sexton 9-10). Saying her cave is warm and giving examples about what she has in her house shows, she’s separated herself again from society’s “norm”. Going on and saying has she has “fixed suppers for the worms and the elves” (Sexton 12). The author is saying she has friends, that relate to her by also being out of the “norm”. Characterization shines throughout her essay. In each stanza she starts out with saying I, then the last sentence of each says, “I have been her kind” (Sexton 7,14,21). She also uses “a woman” (Sexton 6,13,20), this is her talking about the witch. In the beinging of each
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