Analysis Of My History As Poem By Francesca Woodman

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Sink or Swim Photography and poetry often have hidden meanings deeper than what first meets the eye. The poem “my history as,” by Emily Skaja, and the photograph “House #3,” by Francesca Woodman, both have much more profound connotations than the reader/observer could initially understand with a quick glance. The poem and the photograph both have themes of hardship, leaving to escape reality and problems, and different ideas of what it means to be a hunter versus the hunted. The poem also describes abuse, an eating disorder, and the beauty of a clean slate. The photo explores the roles of women and being trapped in a place of comfort. The photo and the poem share similar themes, but are also unique and different works of art. Emily Skaja wrote “my history as” as a reflection of aone’s history. The poem is from the point of view of a woman looking back at her past. She discusses her struggles with mental illness and abuse as part of her “history” that she cannot leave out. In the first few lines of the poem, she tells how her husband told her how she “fucked up [her] own life” (5). This line first introduces the theme of the author’s inability to leave a hostile environment. She never refers to him as her husband, simply as the man who she lived with. The refusal to specify what significance this man has suggests…show more content…
It describes how you cannot leave the hard parts of your life out of your story. The narrator describes how she was a victim in her own house, how she could not escape, and how she ultimately committed suicide to leave her pain behind. The photograph “House #3” tells a similar story through a different lens. The photograph is of the inside of a run-down house with a young woman seemingly blurred into the walls. The photo is a self-portrait, and the young woman is Francesca Woodman. The photo was taken five years before she committed
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