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Matt Idleman Amer. Lit. Exam #3 Question # 6 There were many poems to look over in the back section of our book, using many different styles, and covering many different subjects. However, there was one poem that really interested me because of its unique take on a certain subject, the story of Hansel and Gretel. This poem was called Gretel in Darkness . The author of this poem is Louise Glück. She wrote this poem in 1980, so it is a very modern piece. Most of her works, at least the ones in our book, have a rather depressing and melancholy undertone to them. At the same time, however, they are very well-written. Gretel in Darkness is basically about Gretel suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after her and her brother Hansel’s ordeal with the witch. The poem is written from Gretel’s point of view, and she talks about how she is haunted by the fact that she was almost killed, and that she had to murder the witch to save her brother’s life. Gretel and her family now live in fear, and their father now bars the doors of their home to protect them from further harm.
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Unformatted text preview: Gretels life has completely changed after the incident, and she lives with a constant fear of what else may lie in those dark woods that holds the witchs house. This poem was a different and very interesting take on a classic childrens story. Although the story Hansel and Gretel involves kidnapping and murder, it is written in an upbeat tone for kids. However, this poem sheds a different, sadistic light on the situation. I would have never thought to look at the story in this different way, and that is why I enjoyed reading this poem so much. The style of this poem is also very simple and easy to read. It doesnt follow any rhyme scheme, but the lines flow smoothly together. The final stanza of the poem is the hardest to interpret, and it leaves the reader to ponder on exactly what Gretel is talking about when she asks if she is alone. Matt Idleman Amer. Lit. Exam #3 Question # 6...
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