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Her Kind

Her Kind

by Anne Sexton

Isolation Quotes

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Quote #4

A woman like that is misunderstood. (13)

Lonely, misunderstood – quite frankly, our speaker is a poster child for loners everywhere. Notice how the phrase isn't even "women like that are misunderstood"? Even when she's an example, she's all alone.

Quote #5

I have found the warm caves in the woods, (8)

Funny that caves in the woods seem a whole lot more appealing than the "plain houses" of the first stanza. We get the sense that our speaker has to find new places to call home – ones off the grid of the rest of the world.

Quote #6

fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves: (11)

Not exactly the party of the year, eh? The fact that our speaker doesn't hang out with humans could mean that she's forming alternate communities – or it could suggest that she's trying desperately to find something to connect with.

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