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Imagery is an often-used device in the writing of poetry An image can be defined as any depiction that appeals to one of the senses Imagery is often an important tool as it enlarges and intensifies our sense of the poem thus contributing to meaning This is especially so in Anne Sextons Consorting with Angels and Sylvia Plaths The Applicant Sexton and Plath have both chosen to deal with gender stereotypes but Plath also makes comments on the stereotype of marriage Although they have chosen different ways in the portrayal of them imagery is used successfully in both poems to evoke the senses and to help the reader to identify and understand the poem more fullyIn Consorting with Angels and The Applicant Sexton and Plath have attempted to redefine the stereotypical image of the woman To do this they have firstly presented the traditional image of a woman and have successfully done so through the use of vivid imagery and constant references to the constructs of femininity The domestic role of a woman is vividly portrayed in Sextons use of spoons and pots and Plaths depiction of a living doll that can sew cook and talk The reference to a living doll is also indicative of the traditional male attitude towards females as living dolls surrounded by spoons and pots who are able to sew cook and talk naked as paper for men to write their demands and expectations on The subservient role of the woman is also clearly illustrated by the imagery of a hand to fill it and willing to bring teacups and roll away the headaches This simple imagery of filling teacups and massaging away headaches also clearly shows another expected role of the woman that of a nurturer and healer who fixes a poultice if you have a hole contributing to Plaths intent of showing the stereotypical submissive role of the woman Sexton vividly demonstrates this role in her description of
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