To reiterate, Anne Sexton uses shift in her poem “Young” to prove the theme of how she suffered depression. Obviously, Anne Sexton illustrates the theme of suffering depression in her poem “Young”. She uses connotation, attitude and shift to prove this theme to her audience. Since she is an author who works to explore personal issues or issues particular to women, she wants women and girls to know that all girls go through depression. She wants her audience to know that in times of trouble, if no one is there to help, God always is.
In order for her readers to be able to feel her pain and joy she had to use a situation in which her readers could comprehend the many emotions she experienced. Many of the women who read her poetry were either already mothers or would one day be mothers. This common bond opened a door for understanding. By comparing her book to a child, she is able to gain the compassion of her readers and help them appreciate the emotions she is feeling. In line one she states how she feels about her creation, which she calls an "ill-formed offspring" (line 1) and she gives the book human characteristics throughout the poem to enhance the effect of the conceit.
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The themes of this poem are self-image, mystery, body language, and human worth (Intel Corporation). In the poem she states that she is not cute or built to suit a fashion models size, meaning she is not a woman with looks. All throughout the poem Angelou repeatedly calls herself a phenomenal woman, no matter who thinks she is plain or unattractive it is on her opinion of herself that matters. She knows she is a phen... ... middle of paper ... ...s uses of words just entrap the mind and have readers thinking twice about their lives. Overall Poe captivates the essence of writings from the heart and personal experiences.