Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: For God While Sleeping
Comment 2 of 2, added on September 25th, 2007 at 10:57 AM.
The disturbing feverish images ("like a pig on exhibit", "drooling blood and vinegar","jaw gapes" and "your diaper sags"), almost blasphemous, a mixture of pity, ignorance, concern and delusion create a nightmare image of Christ crucified in the feverish dream of an unbeliever or maybe just a poor untaught observer. Even as a dream, it seems to drift off into an Icarus legend in the final stanza, connecting suggestive images. The persona of the poem doesn't seem to recognize or admit their culpability in this tragic sight ("I do not know your name" and "you are somebody's fault") and responds with pity ("poor old convict") though not with understanding.
It would be interesting to know under what circumstances this poem was written. Is the fever real or is life the feverish dream the poet suggests?
Mike from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on November 7th, 2005 at 9:53 AM.
I think that poem was writen from the bottom of your heart. I really enjoyed it! It really touched me. you are a great poet!
Tez from United States
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