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Anne Sexton - Her Kind

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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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Her Kind
Poem of the Day: Sep 20 2000

Comment 6 of 6, added on July 18th, 2014 at 9:42 PM.

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Comment 5 of 6, added on May 7th, 2007 at 6:28 AM.


when i first read the poem i felt that anne was trying to communicate some kind of the outcast sentiment. for some reason that was the first thing that came to my mind

cleo from United States
Comment 4 of 6, added on March 1st, 2007 at 7:24 PM.

First of all I would like to thank you for your comments becuase they helped me to understand the poem. I would only like to add the fact that the last stanza is an allusion to Joan of Arc who was burned at the stake for trying to be more than what society deemed a woman should be. Anne Sexton often uses references to her, and had a respect for Joan.


Diana from United States

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