The Ambiguity in Anne Sexton’s Poems and Her Writing Technique Especially in ‘Us’ Essay

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Siti Aisah The Ambiguity in Anne Sexton’s Poems and Her Writing Technique especially in ‘Us’ Anne Sexton is a poet and playwright. She is famous for his poetry that plays some of his personal life. She also has the same tragic fate as Sylvia Plath. Anne Sexton's poetry tells stories that are immensely significant to the mid-Twentieth-century artistic and psychic life. Sexton understood her culture's malaise through her own, and her skill enabled her to deploy metaphorical structures at once synthetic and analytic. In other words, she assimilated the superficially opposing but deeply similar ways of thinking represented by poetry and psychoanalysis. Sexton explored the myths by and through which our culture lives and dies: the archetypal relationships among mothers and daughters, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, gods and humans, men and women. She perceived, and consistently patterned in the images of her art, the paradoxes deeply rooted in human behavior and motivation. (The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, 1987) Her poetry presents multiplicity and simplicity, duality and unity, the sacred and the profane, in ways that insist on their similarities, even at times, their identity. In less abstract terms, Sexton made explicit the intimacy of forces persistently treated as opposites by the society she lived in. From some of her poems, there is one poem that made me impressed and wants to analyze more about it. The poem is 'Us'. In this poem there are some statements or words that make us wonder what was intended by the author. Sexton actually created this poem with a simple but implies what she felt. It means that it is not clearly described and will make us a little confuse. An expression that is ambiguous if it contains two or more different (usually mutually exclusive) meanings between which the interpreter must choose is called

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