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Analysis and comments on The Abortion by Anne Sexton

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Comment 35 of 335, added on October 9th, 2009 at 7:47 PM.

What anyone chooses to discuss, here, about ANYTHING to do with the poems
subject is their business. You don't have to like or agree with it anymore
than you do the subject matter of the Poet's concern. Having said that, I
don't the point to the poem (if there is one) is really found in Sexton's
stance on abortion, but it is, as many good poems are, about a personal
experience/event - whether her's or not, it is brilliant poem - Oh,by the
way, it is written in a form know as enclosed tercets, should anyone care
about the asthetic aspects of the poem.

Jeff from United States
Comment 34 of 335, added on December 8th, 2008 at 7:08 PM.

Whatever your personal opinions are on abortion, this is not the place to
post them. The idea of analyzing this poem is to attempt to understand the
insight of Anne Sexton on that practice and even to see what kind of an
effect this poem may have had with the rest of society.

Kelly from United States
Comment 33 of 335, added on September 30th, 2008 at 3:29 PM.

What scares me is that most of these comments by folks against abortion
which have missed the point completely and are using this as evidence that
Anne Sexton hates abortion, are so poorly thought out, punctuated, and
spelled that it makes me weep a little. These are the people procreating;
these are the people getting stupidly knocked up (whoops how'd that happen,
he pulled out!?).

Lindsey from United States
Comment 32 of 335, added on March 5th, 2008 at 9:32 AM.

You shouldn't bring a baby to the world if you know you don't want it.So i
agree with the poem someway.I'm selfish so i wouldn't want someone else to
have my baby.Everybody makes mistakes and u have a choice.

Michele from United States
Comment 31 of 335, added on February 5th, 2008 at 6:09 PM.

Sexton suffered severe postpartum depression after the births of each of
her two children, and the children went to live with their father's parents
after the second breakdown. Sexton later lost her battle with bipolar
disorder and took her own life.

Whitney Bell from United States
Comment 30 of 335, added on November 1st, 2007 at 1:04 PM.

Abortions should not happen.....They are really bad... I could understand
If you was raped or something like that. But just because you dont want the
baby.. Dont go kill It cause of your mistakes...

Kelsey from United States
Comment 29 of 335, added on October 11th, 2007 at 4:58 PM.

abortions are bad.
they should be illegal.
they are not right.

Chelsea from United States
Comment 28 of 335, added on October 4th, 2007 at 12:53 AM.

The question of 'When does life begin?' is silly. Life is continuous. The
cells and bacteria and microbes of our world are all considered life,
albeit a primitive prokaryotic existence. But there is no end to the life
of cells inside a woman. One egg, one cell, one life takes in organic
matter and produces a fetus and eventually a baby. But the life is there
from the start.

Don't get me wrong; I'm pro choice. But this question is not a wall to hide
behind. If you kill a baby, you take it's life. Whether it's justified or
not is strictly up to the mother because only we can know ourselves.

No one else can say with any certainty that we would have been good or bad.
When it comes down to the decision, YOU have to make it and you have to
make it based on the feeling you know deep in the empty, hollow part of
your stomach, right underneath your ribcage, to be right.

DC from United States
Comment 27 of 335, added on January 30th, 2007 at 3:05 AM.

Bringing life into the world is suppose to be a glorious thing so Anne
describes the world as being somewhat sharp and dark after denying the
world one life. This poem reveals the emotional distress that Anne went
through from her abortion and from the tone of the poem, it seems like she
regretted hers. I don't really think it's a statement against abortion but
for one who is so analytical and observant of life, it must be hard to bear
the guilt and regret of abandoning a life. The last stanza sounds most
anti-abortion but I think it's her saying that she realized that she did
kill what was meant to be her child and even though there's debate to when
it's actually a considered a human, no matter what you call it, her baby
should have been born and it was her fault. I'm pro-choice but this poem is
very raw and I love it. I think the grief of having an abortion would be
too overwhelming for me so I don't think I would choose to have one but
everyone's situation is different and I think it would be just as hard to
choose whether to keep the baby or to have an abortion.

Kat from United States
Comment 26 of 335, added on December 29th, 2006 at 8:03 PM.

Anne expresses the brutal truth of abortion...as her baby bleed away, so
too did Anne's soul. The act of Abortion never stops killing; the death
never ends and living afterwards never finds the brightness of the Sun.

delores jones from United States

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: The Abortion
Added: Feb 6 2004
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Poem of the Day: May 16 2004


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