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Analysis and comments on Young by Anne Sexton

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Comment 15 of 55, 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 55, 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
Comment 13 of 55, added on October 30th, 2005 at 10:13 PM.

well all you love out their listen to this. here I go

It seem like every thing is change when some one walk in the room. you pass
me, by I had to take a look from the side. then you caugth me with those
sexy eyes. I to say some thing to you. all night, I won't show you around
my town. give me your number so we can talk. she said why so we can get
little more person. I talk her at 7:00 p.m. we talk all night. then I set a
date for tomorrow at a place nice.then I pick her up and her brilliant
color blind my eyes and I had to just stop then look at you again wondering
how did I meet beautiful girl like you one who bring fun in to my life
the I can trust to love me right she have a way of show love in a lot of
place it seem like she passion about me because she just won't stop talking
about me when she only a few hours from me can't do thing right. It the
same way with me. I can't go with out her it no long a problem when she
can't stop love me. it seem like the whole night that we talk about each
other but the night had to end. I said bye and she got out the car, call
you tomorrow bye

Joshua from United States
Comment 12 of 55, added on October 16th, 2005 at 11:16 PM.

Notice, this poem is spoken in one breath with no periods or spaces between
stanzas. One breath. Like that one quick breath of being young. You inhale,
you exhale, and its over. Think about it.

Jenifer from United States
Comment 11 of 55, added on October 4th, 2005 at 8:42 AM.

I didn't like this poem. While it is asthetically pleasing i thought that
there were several important issues with it. Firstly its overly sentimental
and depends heavily for its affect on the tugging of heart strings and
middle america nostalgia. Secondly its themes are alittle hackneyed and
thirdly its just a slice of americana with nothing to say about many of the
realities of life faced by most real people in the real world.

James from Australia
Comment 10 of 55, added on June 16th, 2005 at 2:43 AM.

This is one of the loveliest poems ever writen. Our youth becomes preciouse
only after it has become just a memory. Time flies. It's so much in our
memories that allow us to keep our lives filled with beauty and meaning.
I'm with her, this young girl, lying on the grass at dusk. I feel her words
as though it were my own memory from youth. Reading this poem is like
returning to my youth on the breath of a daydream on the crest of a cool
summer breeze. Ann Sexton, I never knew you, but I loved you. I carry this
poem in my wallet. M

mbmanray from United States
Comment 9 of 55, added on June 13th, 2005 at 3:34 PM.

i thought this peom really blew b/c i have no idea what it means and i have
to write a friggen paper on it describing it w/ 1)to kill a mockingbird
2)ethan frome 3)the crucible 4)of mice and men. I have to do the paper
describing two of the books.

mdizzle from United States
Comment 8 of 55, added on June 1st, 2005 at 5:15 PM.

I could be entirely wrong, but I always saw the "yellow funnel of light"
that she speaks of to be symbolic of her relationship with her mother.
There are two windows: her mother's and her father's. She describes her
mother's window with warmth, and then in the following two lines she writes
that her father's was "half shut,an eye where sleepers pass". Her
descriptions of the windows reflect her feelings toward her parents. I hope
that this helped!

ps- this poem has been one of my favorites for a long time, and with the
onset of summer, "I Remember" is a fun one too :).

Comment 7 of 55, added on May 29th, 2005 at 2:30 PM.

This poem helped me understand myself. The first time I read it was the
other day in class, I thought it was going to be just another stupid poem,
but it really spoke to me. Although my interpretation may be different from
other people's, it still works. Anne Sexton is now one of my favorite

Rae from United States
Comment 6 of 55, added on May 22nd, 2005 at 1:52 PM.

What does the funnel of yellow heat running out mean?

Amy from United States

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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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