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Analysis and comments on The Abortion by Anne Sexton

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Comment 25 of 335, added on April 12th, 2006 at 1:22 PM.

I don't think this poem is about the opinion of abortion as much as the
pain it causes. Now yeah I know no two people are alike and some may hurt
and others may not, but look past that will you? Look into the heart of the
poem instead of the controversy of the issue. She obviously hurt and that
was her expression, the poem was her way of letting it out. Please all I
ask is that you look past your personal biases and embrace the beauty,
passion, pain, emotions of this poem. Embrace it as a gorgeous work of art,
not as a political view. If you do it will be beautiful to you too.

Gemma from United States
Comment 24 of 335, added on March 4th, 2006 at 9:26 AM.

I FOUND THE POEM TO BE INCREDIBLE POWERFUL AND I THINK ANNE SEXTONIS A
TREMENDOUS WRITTER.

CLAIRE from United Kingdom
Comment 23 of 335, added on February 28th, 2006 at 4:27 PM.

listen......
i had an abortion!!!!!!
that doesnt make me a murderer i was only 14 years old when i got
pregnant!!!!~~~~
it was the only choice i felt i had!!!!~
i felt it was a much better choice than giving him or her a fucked up
life!!!!~
yes now i feel regret twoards the abortion but what can i do!!!!~
but nobody in this world has the right to tell a woman that if she has an
abortion she is a murderer!!!~
its so fuckin different when its you going through it all!!!~
thats all i have to say

grumpy
Comment 22 of 335, added on February 20th, 2006 at 5:25 PM.

HOW CAN I GET WITH A GIRL WHO DONT LIKE
ME AND I LOVE HER AND I LIKE AND SHE HAVE A
BOY FRIEND AND HOW CAN I GET HER PHONE NUMBER
AND CAN YOU SEND ME A LETTER FOR SO I CAN TELL
HER.CAN YOU WRITE IT WITHOUT HER BOYFRIEND KNOWING
THANKS

LOVE ALWAY QUINTIN

QUINTIN from United States
Comment 21 of 335, added on December 8th, 2005 at 10:17 PM.

you cant really use this poem to justify whether Anne Sexton was for or
against Abortion. She wasnt trying to make a statement, thats not the kind
of poet she was. Anne Sexton wrote confessional poetry. This just shows
how she felt with her abortion.... what you personaly take from the peom is
what makes it for or against abortion.

Erin from United States
Comment 20 of 335, added on December 4th, 2005 at 12:25 PM.

For those of you who are using this poem as a means to justify your views
on abortion, do think about these questions:1) are you absolutely sure that
someone who is pregnant at 2,3,4,6 weeks has a 'baby' ready to be born? 2)
after 9 months of pregnancy, do you think it is easy enough to put a child
you just gave birth do for adoption? easy enough for you to preach about
what all women in this world should do? 3) what if a woman who wants a baby
gets pregnant but has no family, no money, no man, no one to help support
it? what advice would you righteous women give to her?

Ellen from United States
Comment 19 of 335, added on November 17th, 2005 at 2:59 PM.

You have no clue what she was thinking at the time so don't even try to
tell us what she was thinking or how you think she was so teribly wrong.
Peotry is personal. peotry is meant to be individual. so lets keep it that
way.

Heather from United States
Comment 18 of 335, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 12:10 AM.

I know that when i was a little girl I thought it would be great get
married and have children. I have always been so against abortion that it
isnt even funny. But when I got pregnant I wanted to have my baby I loved
it more than life its self. My mom was okay with it she was mad but she got
over it and she loved it too. But then i told my boyfriend and he was okay
too. well then he told his dad he flipped and started screaming at him he
gave him 5 hundred dollars to go and get me an abortion. I cried I felt so
alone.. But i thought that if i loved him that i would do it for him.. so i
did... and taking your babys life is the worst thing you can ever feel so
please dont get any abortions because it is awful. and you feel like you
died along with the baby and its your fault and its just like murdering
someone i will never feel the same

Brittiney from United States
Comment 17 of 335, added on August 24th, 2005 at 8:39 PM.

Did she in fact molest her own children? Where is this documented?

kristi gill from United States
Comment 16 of 335, added on August 1st, 2005 at 9:43 PM.

the poem is a comment on the overwhelming burden women have in childbearing
and rearing -- it seems somewhat obvious in her comment that she doesn't
understand how anything fragile survives. of course, fragile things
survive because someone cares for them. if sexton didn't feel like she
could care for a fragile thing, then perhaps she didn't feel that abortion
was any more morally wrong then bringing a child into the world that she
couldn't deal with emotionally. after all, she sexually molested her other
two children. to say that there is a being that should have been born is
to allude to the other things in her life that should have happened but
didn't, or, rather, should not have happened, including the emotional
trauma she'd experienced which may or may not have led to her abusing her
born children.

angela walker 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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