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Analysis and comments on The Abortion by Anne Sexton

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Comment 17 of 367, 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 367, 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
Comment 15 of 367, added on June 20th, 2005 at 9:55 PM.

This is a poetry site. The comments are not here for simple-minded people
to spew ill-thought-out rhetoric. They are here so you can actualy use your
mind and comment on the poem, for example, the contrast between the last
few lines and the rest of the poem. See, that was an EASY useless comment,
but at least it's about the freakin' poem.

Anon from United States
Comment 14 of 367, added on May 1st, 2005 at 8:06 PM.

i am so against abortion it is harsh. I mean just going and killing some
innocent sweet baby so that your parents dont get upset with you. Put it up
for adoption not that your a mean person but imagine if it was you.

p.s. think about it

kelsea from United States
Comment 13 of 367, added on April 27th, 2005 at 5:16 PM.

First of all, this poem is great. Second to all of you who think it's about
getting an abortion thats fine, and it kinda is, but i think that it's more
about the child that was meant to live and was meant to have a porpus. I
think she regrets what she did, whatever the reason may have ben. I am not
saying any thing in regards to the poem when i say this but, i am not for
adoption. If anyone is reading this statement and is having a hard time
with a baby that is on the way, please listen to me. You may think right
now that the best way out is abortion and to me it's almost the wost thing
you could do (to me). A better way for you and the baby is to have it a put
it up for adoption. You can still have your life and so can YOUR childs. I
caped the your because you are the one who got yourself into this mess, and
if it wasn't your fault and you were forced im sorry i said that. If you
were forced contact someone and tell them about it, but the child still
diserves to live a have a life of its own, Don't you think so? if you think
being adopted is a bad thing its not! Take from someone who is adopted and
hasn't seen her mom in almost a year, i wouldn't trade any of my life for
anything. My real mom is my very best friend, but recently went to jail and
a year is a long time , but i love her and nothing can change that (if your
fear is that your child wont love you, don't you think it's better to give
him or her a choice rather than never even take a glance at him or her,
your child!) Just think of all of the families that want children and can't
have them! Like my mom for example, she had three still borns and then my
brother and then me. She wasn't going to give up and i admire that. She had
me and later on had to give me up for adoption, now that takes a real
woman. All i'm saying is please, please, please think things through and
talk to someone about it before you have an abortion. I promise promise
that their is a family out there somewhere that will love that child and
care for them night and day and will actually jump and scream for the
ability to have a baby, like you.

Amanda from United States
Comment 12 of 367, added on April 5th, 2005 at 6:30 PM.

I love those of who you call Anne closed minded and that she didn't have a
right to write what she did. Bullshit. Like others have said, she HAD an
abortion. And even those who are pro choice have to agree that women go
through a complex range of emotions after having an abortion, and this was
Anne's way of dealing with it.

NEVER EVER insinuate that a poet doesn't have the right to express a
thought just because you think it's morally wrong. That's just ridiculous.
If you don't like her confessional writings, stop reading them. The rest of
us who actually try to understand her will continue to enjoy what she had
to say.

Comment 11 of 367, added on March 18th, 2005 at 9:38 PM.

A little bit more...

...I don't think this poem is anti-abortion, rather, anti- the attitude
"just abort the baby, then you won't have to deal with this anymore." When
I inititally read this poem, I could tell it wasn;t written by an amateur,
or an outsider to the world of abortion. It had to have been someone who
had been intimately involved with the process. I think that the metaphor
ans simile in this poem is just gorgeous.

Juliet from United States
Comment 10 of 367, added on March 8th, 2005 at 11:03 AM.

hey everyone. I am totally against abortion. I waz rapped and pregnant and
couldnt even stand thinkin about it anymore, but I would not turn to
abortion. Thats nothing but murder, it's killing a living humen that could
of made a diffrence in this world!!! Yea i know about why Anne got it too
and I am a big fan of all of Anne's poems, I just love them cuz almost all
of them i can relate to, the ones about drugs, wanting to commit suicide,
all of them, and i also love this poem alot to and i'm glad she felt regret
and decided to write this poem saying how she felt about it i think she had
an okay reason to do it but i totally dissagree. I'm 19 and i've had a real
shitty life and i just love reading anne's poems cuz they relate to my life
so well. well i'm out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

p.s someone write back

Jennifer Nicole from United States
Comment 9 of 367, added on March 6th, 2005 at 8:52 AM.

are you guys kidding.. if any of you really know about anne you would find
out that she herself had an abortion.. she was a in a family where she was
the third child, she felt unwanted..this baby "she should of had" was to be
the third child..she feared that the baby like herself was going to be
unwanted. The poem was basically showing her regret.

Ps- im 15 and understood it better

Comment 8 of 367, added on March 4th, 2005 at 11:32 AM.

Your poem was a good one, yes im for abortion. Not for myself, i don't
think i would ever do it. but i do understand that there are people who
have no other choice, and that it is the best thing they can do for
themselves and the child.

Missy from United States

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: The Abortion
Added: Feb 6 2004
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