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Comment 5 of 9, 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 9, 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
Comment 3 of 9, added on February 18th, 2006 at 11:40 PM.
In utter agreement with Sarah: This was one of the first works of Anne
Sexton I had read (during the brief interlude that I was not voraciously
inhaling those of Sylvia Plath) and that's all it took for me to fall hook,
line and sinker for her poetry.
Keira from United States
Comment 2 of 9, added on November 25th, 2005 at 4:30 PM.
I LOVE this poem, it was the first poem that I ever read of Anne Sexton's
and I was immediately enraptured with all of her poetry ever since.
Sarah from United States
Comment 1 of 9, added on November 21st, 2005 at 11:50 PM.
This poem is one of Anne Sexton's strophic poems, boasting a clear rhyme
scheme and stanzaic order. The reason for this is that although there is a
theme of femine insanity due to oppression, she wanted to convey that she
still maintained a sense of reality and calmness.
The first thing that you notice about this poem is the repetition of the
last two lines in every stanza. This is Sexton's thread throughout this
poem and governs each stanza and their respective context. The woman who is
not a woman is the witch, the vixen. The woman who keeps a nicely stocked
home is misunderstood for reasons such as the loss of independence. The
woman who is flamboyant and waves her arms at villagers is not ashamed to
die because she is free and has fulfilled something in her life. This, I
believe, is Sexton's transference into her many selves over the course of
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