To begin, both poems possess symbolism of threating persons to help further the theme. In “Her Kind,” Sexton uses strong symbolism through the entirety of the poem. The character calls herself a “possessed witch” who “haunt[s] the black air” and lives in a cave in the woods with her “worms” and “elves” (Sexton 1-11). The witch is a symbol for the bohemian lifestyle the character lives as an artist, while the cave is her quaint home, and the worms and elves are her husband and children. Witches are thought of as evil and threatening characters in pop culture, but they are also known to be misunderstood as we...
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...erstood life of that of a witch, while also maintaining some insecurities of myself and other people’s thoughts of me like Prufrock has. What does this all mean? What the authors are both getting at is that it is not always easy to be different, to be yourself, but it is something that is essential to the core of us as humans. I would much rather be living life as myself, like the witch, than living life full of inaction like Prufrock.
Sexton, Anne. “Her Kind.” Literature; An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Ed. Dana Gioia and X.K. Kennedy. University of Southern California. Pearson, 2013. 699. Print.
Elliot, T.S. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Literature; An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Ed. Dana Gioia and X.K. Kennedy. University of Southern California. Pearson, 2013. 1038-1041. Print.
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