Lorde's mother was of mixed ancestry but could " pass" for ' Spanish ',  which was a source of pride for her family. Lorde's father was darker than the Belmar family liked, and they only allowed the couple to marry because of Byron Lorde's charm, ambition, and persistence. At the age of four, she learned to talk while she learned to read, and her mother taught her to write at around the same time.
It is accessible, challenging, richly textured, and culturally resonant. The selections in this text represent many of the diverse subjects and directions of her work.
Three problems tend to recur in teaching Sexton; all are interrelated. First, the "confessional school" context is troublesome because that subgenre in American poetry is both misnamed and easily misunderstood; Sexton has been the subject of inordinately negative commentary as the first prominent woman poet writing in this mode.
Finally, readers often find her poetry depressing, especially the poems that deal with suicide, death, and mental illness. If the course emphasizes historical context, a sympathetic and knowledgeable explanation of resistance to the confessional mode is helpful.
Ironically, if historical context is not important to presentation of the material, I suggest not mentioning it at all. The third problem is most troubling for teaching Sexton; teachers might emphasize the necessity for literature to confront and deal with controversial and uncomfortable themes such as suicide, mortality, madness.
A discussion of the dangers of equating creativity and emotional illness might be helpful, even necessary, for some students. Students often want to know how and why Sexton killed herself.
They want to disapprove, yet they are often fascinated. I recommend one of two approaches. Major Themes, Historical Perspectives, and Personal Issues A balanced presentation of Sexton would include mention of her major themes, most of which are touched upon in the selection of poems here: She wrote in free verse during the middle and late phases of her poetic career.
Most important is her gift for unique imagery, often centering on the body or the household. She also found a wide readership among people who have experienced emotional illness or depression.
She is exceptionally accessible, writes in deliberately colloquial style, and her diversity and range are such that she appeals to students from different backgrounds.
Because she was a religious poet whose work is part of the questing tradition, she might be usefully compared with John Donne and George Herbert. Since many of her poems are spoken from the perspective of a child speaker, the standard literary tradition for comparative purposes can include Blake and Wordsworth, Vaughan and Traherne.
Extra-literary texts that illuminate her work include selections of psychoanalytic theory, especially Freudian.
I try to avoid giving students a predisposition to Sexton, and instead discuss difficulties and questions as they arise in discussion. What makes them surprising? Bibliography Excellent articles on Sexton are most readily available in recent and forthcoming anthologies of criticism.
Instructors can select articles that bear most directly on their concerns. Selected Criticism, edited by Diana Hume George, University of Illinois Press,includes many previously published articles from diverse sources in addition to new criticism, as does Anne Sexton: Telling the Tale, edited by Steven E.The use of Sexton’s sarcastic tone foreshadows what is to come in the poem.
The line “That story” (Line 5), which is repeated numerous times throughout the poem, makes the readers think of the original Cinderella fairytale. Original Essays on the Poetry of Anne Sexton Hardcover – by Francis Bixler (Editor) Be the first to review this item.
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Audre Lorde (/ ˈ ɔː d r i l ɔːr d /; born Audrey Geraldine Lorde; February 18, – November 17, ) was an American writer, intersectional feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist.
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