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Analysis and comments on The Addict by Anne Sexton

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Comment 9 of 529, added on April 23rd, 2007 at 9:36 PM.

jennifer is such a ho
anne is not saying drugs are good
she is saying she is grateful for the drugs because they make her able to
live her life, but she knows that they cannot save her

madie from Canada
Comment 8 of 529, added on April 29th, 2006 at 4:44 PM.

This poem seems to be about the ceremony she engages in by killing her in
small amounts. This isn't something only special to her, or to drug
addicts. I suppose she wants to point out the concept of the little deaths
that grieve us, and yet, having become numb to them, we would not live
without them...

sakshi from Canada
Comment 7 of 529, added on April 25th, 2006 at 9:44 AM.

well, i think she sure is talking about her personal experience, the
delight..the numbness she is receiving couldnt have happened to her unless
she wouldnt have experienced it herself...i know she didnt die of drugs but
we should not forget the fact that she was suffering from mental
illness...and that perhaps(partly sure) would haf forced her to take drugs
because when she mentions...'/eight chemical kisses 'Plus' the pink, the
the green and the white goodnights\'...they clearly sound the tablets
...which no therapist on earth would suggest his patient to take just to
escape the psychological depression...so obviously she is talkin about the
doze which she used to take before she could go on her so called Trip...!
Also people who do not favour her good opinion for addicts should read this
poem again which clearly informs its readers about the positive views of
Sexton for the drug Addicts!

Sexton was no doubt a wonderful poet but sometimes wonderful people dont
end up with wonderful decisions and so is with her...

Thats just my opinion thanks!

Samana from Pakistan
Comment 6 of 529, added on March 1st, 2006 at 10:32 PM.

If coffee came in the form of pills, I could definitely relate. Actually, I
have little caffeine pills. I ate a whole bottle once. They certainly won't
kill you. They had an 'interesting' effect on me.

I haven't seen a reference to "laying on of hands" since I played a paladin
in EverQuest :D

Tom from Canada
Comment 5 of 529, added on September 29th, 2005 at 11:51 PM.

im not entirly sure because sextons work is new to me (im doing a school
presentation) and i think this poem is in relation to her own experiences..
she tried to kill herself and later did

kate from Canada
Comment 4 of 529, added on March 21st, 2005 at 7:12 PM.

Natalie I agree with you. And Jennifer a good poet will make you understand
what they are talking about. You do not have to personally go through what
the poem is about. This isn't a share my sob story board. I haven't
personally experienced what Anne Sexton wrote about it but she is a good
poet I can feel what she feels, especially in this poem.

Lainey from United States
Comment 3 of 529, added on March 20th, 2005 at 8:49 AM.

jennifer my child i was MOST DEFINITLEY NOT insulting anne sexton...i was
giving my analysis on her poem..i am a huge fan of sexton but i do not
think she meant for that poem to encourage drug abuse...shes mentioning how
addictive drugs are and i strongly believe she feels they are self
destructive as well...jennifer altho drugs may make you feel better it is
not the way to live because i have been there myself and drugs ruined my
life..anne sexton acknowledges this and speaks rather profoundly of drug
addiction instead of immaturely and child-like as so many addicts do

natalie from United States
Comment 2 of 529, added on March 8th, 2005 at 11:11 AM.

hey I loooooooove this poem cuz it relates to my life so much, cuz I
started poppin pillz and now i just cant stop doing it, tha trips are just
so great and it helps u too get away from this hell today, so i totally one
hundred percent agree with anne on this poem. Oh and Natalie, I wouldnt be
talken shit bout anne's poems cuz u probly aint got a fucked up life to
understand this poem, she's sayin how she has to get away and have like a
good trip to get away from all this bull shit today okay so shut tha fuck
up unless u know what shes talken about k

i'm out love jen

Jennifer Nicole from United States
Comment 1 of 529, added on December 25th, 2004 at 7:43 PM.

''the addict'' is a very,very intense + personal poem of sexton's.drugs r
like demons-literally.they hurt so many-more than the actual
user.however-in sexton's case-anne wuz'nt your average addict.she abused
drugs 2 fill a void.i think she's speaking actually more of the psych than
actual addiction.

natalie from United States

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