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Analysis and comments on Young by Anne Sexton

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Comment 23 of 53, added on January 8th, 2008 at 12:57 PM.

The poem has to do with her becoming a young women and finding her
sensuality- i think..........

Sharaina Troop from United States
Comment 22 of 53, added on January 8th, 2008 at 12:56 PM.

I liked the it alot,I think it was about her growing up and what the day
was like and how she didn't feel like a woman yet but she was almost there
and about her summer growing up

Kaitlyn from United States
Comment 21 of 53, added on January 8th, 2008 at 12:56 PM.

I think this npoem was written about a girl whe she is all grown up an she
is at her parents house remembering all when she was a little girl when she
layed in her lawn watching the stars and whatching in her parents window

Chad from United States
Comment 20 of 53, added on January 8th, 2008 at 12:52 PM.

I think that this poem was written by a women that was thinking back to
when she was young...and she wrote about her thoughts while she lay on the

Alisha from United States
Comment 19 of 53, added on May 15th, 2007 at 9:10 PM.

I think this poem was written when the girl was grown up, she is
remembering her summer.At this time the girl is not quite a woman but is no
longer a child. She is rich and probably the only child b/c she said a
lonely kid in a big house. The light coming out of her mother's window
symbolizes a warm relationship, however the half shut window symbolizes a
mystery that her father is to her. And "an eye where sleeper pass" that her
father keeps to himself. Thoough she has a warm relationship with her
mother, she does not trust her b/c her question and thought are expressed
to the stars.
Hope this is right b/c i have to interpret it next class.

anita from United States
Comment 18 of 53, added on March 30th, 2006 at 12:18 PM.

that its about her first time masterbateing

harley from Algeria
Comment 17 of 53, added on March 29th, 2006 at 7:10 PM.

Lines- explanation
1. many years ago
2. her parents had died, she was lonely
3-4. the girl was wealthy but lonely without her parents to love her
5-7. she had always laid outside at night watching the sky on top of the
ground and grass
8. stars all around her
9-10. the lack of light in her mothers room tells that her motherís death
caused their strong relationship to become weak
11. the window to the bedroom was half shut resembling an eye
12. nobody slept in the bedroom after her parents had passed
13-14. the boards of the house were bright white
15-16. the leaves on the trees swayed representing calmness
17. the crickets chirping together was the only sound in the night
18-19. she is maturing and growing up by herself without anyone to raise
20. she laid beneath the stars and prayed
21-22. she thought God was taking care of her parents in Heaven
21&23. she thought God was watching out for her and listening to her
prayers before she went to bed

with all of my research i believe that to be correct but there is always
room for opinion

Jessica from United States
Comment 16 of 53, added on March 26th, 2006 at 10:44 AM.

This poem is a wonderful piece of reflective art that has universal appeal.
How can those of us who had a less than perfect childhood, fail to
empathise with this poem. In the poem Sexton shows how her trust, reliance
and support in those days could only be within nature. She turns to nature
in this poem in the way that she should have been able to turn to her
parents. It is very well-written with an indirect theme :
childhood/adolescent instability.

Cecilia from United Kingdom
Comment 15 of 53, added on February 8th, 2006 at 3:20 PM.

This is what the meaning of this poem is I believe
A thousand doors ago-so like before she had opened a thousand doors, a long
time ago-
when i was a lonely kid- and only child-
in a bighouse with four
garages and it was summer
as long as I rmember- so she was rich and it seemed like the perfect home
from the ooutside-
I lay on the lawn at night
clovers wrinkling under me- she is outside at night-
my mother's window a funnel
of yellow heat running out- so in the dark when there is a light on, you
can see the rays coming out of the window, and im guessing it means that
hers and her mothers relationship was a storng one-
my fathers window, half shut
an eye where sleepers pass- so he's already alsleep, and im guessing her
parents dont sleep in the same room, he father stays a mistery to her-
and the boards of the house
were smooth and white as wax- just the moon light on the house peaceful-
and probabley a million leaves
sailed by on their starange stalks- uhm this is one i never understood
much, but i think its talking about her friends-
as the crickets ticked together- so peaceful night-
and I in my brand new body,
which was not yet a womens- so she young like 12 or 13-
told my questions to the stars- so i guess she is like praying :S-
and thought god could really see
the heat and painted light- so i guess believeing that even god could see
though her family perfect family portrate-
elbows, knees, dreams, goodnight- so im guessing falling asleep-

well i had a lot of trouble with that poem and if i got it wrong polease
correct me, but i know that if there had have been an explanation like this
ofr the poem, i would have kissed the persons feet, so your welcome and
please correct what ever i missunderstood

ncc from Canada
Comment 14 of 53, added on January 30th, 2006 at 7:53 PM.

I agree and think that she is relating the poem to her childhood.It is siad
that she always felt that her parents never wanted her. They also died of
disease when she was young. I think that the poem relates to her
relationship with her parents when she was young.

trisha from Canada

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Young
Volume: All My Pretty Ones
Year: 1962
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Dec 23 2008

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