Upon Sexton By Society

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upon Sexton by society. In the first stanza of three, Sexton ignites the theme of isolation for the persona, who is a “possessed witch (Sexton 1), “haunting the black air” (2) and “dreaming evil” (3) while a “lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind” (5). Sexton’s descriptions of the deranged persona as well as her actions emphasizes the witch's alienation and “separation from society” (Constantakis) or unconventional nature. Sexton’s first stanza radiates her “...magic of words with which to transform even the calmest and most orderly of suburban lawns into a landscape of both nightmare and vision” (McCabe) as the witchery imagery depicts the speaker’s explicit sexuality and sense of identity. “The witchcraft material in the poem is informed…show more content…
The second stanza offers a domesticated image, “I have found the warm caves in the woods,/ filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,/ closets, silks, innumerable goods” (Sexton 1-3) as well as contains contemporary, housewifely tasks, “...fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves”. The speaker despises these roles, “whining, rearranging the disaligned” (Sexton 12) while the second speaker commiserates, “A woman like that is misunderstood. I have been her kind” (8-9). In the third and final stanza, the speaker embraces her oncoming death and execution, “A woman like that is not ashamed to die” (Sexton 21). The conclusion of the poem establishes the understanding of “the speaker is like the witch in that she is not afraid to die” (Constantakis). The micro level analysis of “Her Kind” further emphasizes the idea which “Sexton explored the myths by and through which our culture lives and dies” (George) through her works of…show more content…
The speaker is a “possessed witch”, isolated and disparate from the conventional woman expected from society. The mad-woman witch is “haunting the black air, braver at night” (Sexton 2), she desires the darkness in order for her to remain hidden from the judgemental creatures of her stereotypical environment (Albright). While “dreaming evil, [she] [has] done [her] hitch/ over the plain houses, light by light” (Sexton 2-3), the speaker fascinates over “evil” thoughts which men and other women would consider undesirable as well as an atrocity to womanhood. She comfortably wanders the night sky over the suburban community and the traditional houses where average and socially acceptable people live, “light by light”; her nighttime wanderings are the persona’s temporary escape from oppression. The persona’s alienation is portrayed and emphasized as she is described as a “lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind” (Sexton 5). She is “lonely” and isolated due to her “twelve-fingered” abnormal self. She is “out of mind”, or deranged, and is separated from society from her lack of conformity in result of her flawed nature. “A woman like that is not a woman, quite” (Sexton 6), and according to society’s standards and
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