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Memory Essay | Critical Essay #1

Sarah Arvio
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Critical Essay #1

Trow is a published poet and writer. In this essay, Trow considers the value of employing supernatural voices as a poetic conceit.

"Memory" and other poems in Sarah Arvio's Visits from the Seventh give scant, if any, evidence of how the poet's upbringing in a strict Quaker household, and her subsequent psychoanalysis, affected her poetic voice. These poems are not unique because of their singular cultural references. The only archaisms in speech are the quirky and affected terms of endearment used by the poet's aristocratic invisible visitors. The anger and eroticism of this and other poems are not overblown in the rebellion of an unusually chaste or strict religious environment. "Memory" is not steeped in the self-conscious or hypercritical assessments of the heavily psychoanalyzed. Instead, this poem is open to any woman who experiences the shock of losing a love that had, before the unexpected catastrophe of argument...

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