Study Guide

Her Kind Speaker

By Anne Sexton

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Our speaker doesn't ever give us her name – but that doesn't mean that she's "every woman." In fact, she's anything but a Jane Doe. She's an outsider, a social misfit – and a defiant one, at that.

One thing is for sure, though: our speaker has a lively imagination. Even though she casts herself as a loner, she's able to imaginatively connect with all sorts of other outsiders. Sure, they're all women who break traditional molds. But don't let her emphasis on her lonesomeness fool you – this woman is able to sympathize, to connect with others, even if those connections seem a little strange.

Other than that, there's a heck of a lot we don't know about our speaker. What does she look like? How old is she? Where is she from? Well, we can't tell you. And if you can't find it here, folks, don't even bother looking other places. Frankly, we're pretty sure that pseudo-anonymity is actually just what our speaker wants. See, without all of the details which would tie her down to a specific identity, a specific life, she could be…anybody. Like the woman sitting right next to you. Or even like you.

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