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Unformatted text preview: Chief Works In 1960, at the beginning of her rise to prominence, Sexton wrote "Her Kind," a controlled three- stanza confessional that concluded To Bedlam and Part Way Back. The poem illustrates the author's immersion in a New England tradition, the roundup of hapless females to be tormented and executed during the Salem witch persecutions. In one of the poet's characteristic split personalities, through a double first-person presentation, she merges consciousness with a subversive, energized woman shunned by the pious as she is hunted for witchcraft. The loosely structured four-beat lines follow a rhyme scheme of ababcdc, linked by mostly monosyllabic end words. Each stanza concludes with the markedly forthright three-beat iambic refrain, "I have been her kind," which names her jazz ensemble, Anne Sexton and Her Kind. Images of darkness and freakishness dominate the first ensemble, Anne Sexton and Her Kind....
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- Fall '08