Poem Analysis I am me

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Tara Palma

English 102

Poem Comparison Essay

April 17, 2014

The poems "Her Kind" by Anne Sexton, and "I am Vertical" by Sylvia Plath contain numerous

differences like structure, tone and rhythm. After breaking down both readings, these poems contain

common themes; individual identity, society, isolation, and death are themes portrayed in both poems.

The differences of the symbolism of these common themes help visualize a difference between the

importance of accepting yourself and being accepted.

Abnormality of the individual's identity was a first common theme between both poems. In "Her

Kind", the line: "I have gone out, a possessed witch," (1) helps imagine the sense of how she is an

outcast and since it is in past tense, this can imply the speaker may be capable of going in and out of a

possessed state of mind. Line: "lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind" ("Her Kind" 5) continues the

speaker's description of what others think of her and referring to herself as a "thing" is dehumanizing

and takes away the idea of a "normal" person. In the poem "I am Vertical", the first line tells the reader

that the identity of the speaker is not as appealing as the rest of her world: "But I would rather be

horizontal" (1) helps the reader notice the jealousy of the life she does not have like the rest. This first

stanza goes into detail of a life she'd "rather" have with love, beauty, and nurturance. A better

understanding of wanting what everything surrounding her has, builds up the idea of her lacking the

"norm" as the speaker gazes into happiness when imagining what she'd rather be.

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In both poems, the speakers' identities are similarly envisioned as "abnormal"... Society is

another theme that comes into play with...