- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (P); New Ed edition (October 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 039512722X
- ISBN-13: 978-0395127223
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,438,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Though I do feel sorry for the autor's suffering, she was seriously abusive to her daughter (I don't want to go into detail). That isn't relevant to her work some might say, but it saddens me becaise I get invested in the creators of work I admire. It is all very sad, and maybe soemday I will try to study Anne more. For now I prefer to just enjoy these poems. One of the first amd only poetry collections I bought.
Perhaps exactly because she possessed those necessary qualities, she was well aware that it takes more than just the beautiful aspects of life, to create poetry that touches forgotten strings in our hearts. Strings that each on their own may produce sounds we would rather close our ears to, but used in the inspired and ingenious way as she does, and as a compilation, sound off with a flare, expressing the opus of Anne's life and resonating within our own hearts and lives. Great poetry turns on "lights" in our minds and awakens dormant feelings in our hearts.
Anne artfully proves that the ugly and the frightful, the ridiculous and the humorous, and not just the beautiful, all find their perfect place in poetry. The creativity and wit of her poems, like facets of a gem, reflect life's elements of joy and anguish, and clearly demonstrate that soul's journey inevitably passes through the muck of life, yet, in the end, and deep in its core, it remains unchanged, in its purity and reflection of the Devine.
In two words:
Great poetry! Anne Sexton, you ARE loved!
Fairytales have a power few of us realize. The stories shape many of our fantasies as children; they also condition us to accept traditional gender roles as we grow up. I believe that Anne Sexton understood their power and influence. She brilliantly tapped into that power and transformed the tales in a way that forces the reader to look at them with fresh eyes. Before launching into the tales themselves, Sexton set the themes of the stories in a modern or personal context. These connections, along with the interlacing of 20th century details (like soda pop and jockstraps) and her use of modern syntax in the fairy tales made their subversive commentary on the burdens and fears of women in a society shaped by male dominance startlingly clear.
In her transformed tales, Sexton examines the female archetypes they depict: the docile virgin, the wicked stepmother, the aging witch. She also sheds an illuminating, feminist light on the themes of female competition and the idea of happily ever after which pop up often in fairytales. It is significant that Sexton uses the gritty Grimm versions of the tales, instead of the child-friendly Disney versions we grew up with. Their original form reveals the subversive nature and insightful symbolism of the fairy tales, many of which were crafted by women.
While this collection is a departure from Sexton's typical confessional style, the poems of "Transformations" are unabashedly naked and intimately introspective--a wondrous achievement by one of our greatest poets.