Feminist Witches and Poetry Essay

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Feminist Witches

Gabriella Arsenault English 1501 Dr. Robert Lapp Thursday the 9th of April 2009 Feminism is defined as the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. Eavan Boland and Anne sexton share more than just their love of poetry, they both incorporated female struggles and feminist ideas into their poetry. In a close reading of the poems Her Kind, by Anne Sexton and Anorexic, by Eavan Boland, the themes and the overall feel and struggles of the characters in both poems are very similar; they both use historical and biblical references that demean women and they both use strong female stereotypes that are going through personal struggles. Both characters are empowered
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Right in the first stanza Sexton already has the image of a victimized woman who is also very bitter and spiteful, who is comfortable in the dark and who “dreams evil” (3). In the fifth line when she described herself as a “lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.” (5) it is a clear image of how she is abnormal compared to others, the disfiguration symbolizes the distinct and obvious difference that is apparent to the public. The second stanza is an allusion to the modern woman’s home life. “I have found the warm caves in the woods” (8) is describing how the home is an unappealing place for her, but it stills brings comfort and warmth. In the second stanza, Sexton continues on to symbolize the traditional house wife’s through the procedures that take place in the caves. “fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves” (10) represents w woman cooking dinner for men and children, men being “the worms” and children being “the elves”. This depicts the effort that women put into their home lives by nurturing the family and taking care of the home. She describes all of these tasks as unpleasant and by using words like “worms” and “disaligned” makes it clear that it is not a desirable or becoming role for her to

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