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The twentieth century was a period of great change - rapid industrialization the growth of sophisticated technology and the realization of the subconscious as discovered by psychoanalysis psychology founder Sigmund Freud Because of the ever changing times the arts also began to evolve More specifically poetry began to adapt to our increasingly self-conscience universe and so the style of confessional poetry was born The movement started in the late 1950s-early 1960s with writers such as Robert Lowell Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton The subject matter focused on extremely intimate details of the writers lives and introduced the pronoun I to poetry One of the most prominent examples of a confessional poet is Sharon Olds however more modern her work may be Much like predecessor Sylvia Plath Sharon Olds poetry is fueled by a love-hate struggle towards her father and her other familial relationships Sharon Olds writes confessional poetry using intimate details of human existence often seemingly autobiographical For example in a poem from her book titled The Father she writes I have learned to get pleasure from speaking of pain Olds work is primarily focused on her family especially her relationship with her father There is sparse biographical information available however it has been speculated that herself and her sister were both abused by him Regardless anger towards her father is undeniably evident in her earliest works including this excerpt from the title poem from her book Satan Says in which she writes Say shit say death say fuck the father Satan says down my ear The pain of the locked past buzzes in the childs box on her bureau under the terrible round pond eye etched around roses where self-loathing gazed at sorrow Her use of vulgarity introduces and prepares the reader for the deeply personal content yet to come She uses a rather dispassionate voice and occasional odd line breaks to enhance the anxiety in the poem for the reader The
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