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Analysis and comments on Ghosts by Anne Sexton

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Comment 10 of 90, added on April 23rd, 2006 at 4:30 PM.

This poem shows there is no other way to describe ghost but by using the
word GHOST. It tells the reader that they can not be compared to angels or
demons. Not only that but it also emphasizes that ghost can be of any shape
and of any age...no restrictions...

*JOY* from United States
Comment 9 of 90, added on April 22nd, 2006 at 2:49 PM.

I'm fourteen and even though I'm forced to look up friendly critizisum for
my College English 1 course, I have become fond of Anne Sexton, for I too
write poetry.

Figurelogics from United States
Comment 8 of 90, added on April 20th, 2006 at 11:10 AM.

Ghosts are shells of humans that once were. The human that she once was
is “lurching above [her] bed” I feel she is desperate for a fulfillment,
but she knows that she is not the only one suffering. “Not all ghosts are
women.” Yes she was abused as a child and that defiantly influences her
writing, but I don’t think that it is directly related to this poem. She
knows that people are weary and sad about life. They are “not witches […]
not devils […] not angels, but ghosts.” These beings no longer have power.
They just float around, empty of satisfaction “wailing for Lucifer” to take
their souls so they can have life back. They would sacrifice their souls to
an eternity of hell to live again now.

Ann from United States
Comment 7 of 90, added on December 23rd, 2005 at 4:11 PM.

I do think she was mad. But because she was so brilliant. Like Edgar Allen
Poe. I think this poem is speaking of "ghosts"; people who have nothing
inside of them at the time. The man might have been her husband. The woman
her. The child her as well. I don't really think her being abused is to
blame for this. I think it was her mind that drove her mad. She thought too
much. But then again, I am not Anne, and I could be wildly wrong.

Michelle from United States
Comment 6 of 90, added on December 8th, 2005 at 11:16 AM.

wow! that is really creepy. who talkes about women's breast like limb
fish??? also she must have a reason for all her writings i think that woman
had have a big problem. and.. well.. she had problems.so it's kind of
scary, though.

student from Germany
Comment 5 of 90, added on October 6th, 2005 at 10:17 PM.

This poem intimidates me a little because even though it isn't mine, even
though I didn't write it, it is personal.

baby moon
Comment 4 of 90, added on October 6th, 2005 at 10:14 PM.

This poem is intense. I wish we had the option of looking at the poem while
writing our comment. Now that I'm here, I can't remember anything else to

baby moon from United Kingdom
Comment 3 of 90, added on May 10th, 2005 at 10:46 AM.

Insane ...I think not. ..abused as a child ...YES...Ms. Sexton must have
suffered alot at the hands of her abuser ...her innocence taken only bitter
horrid memories seem to remain in her head...her salvation was to write
Dame Dana

Dame Dana from United States
Comment 2 of 90, added on March 10th, 2005 at 9:59 AM.

But the thing is she wasnt sane.......that was the great thing about Anne
Sexton.....she was an amazing writer yet crazy as a bat!

ME from United States
Comment 1 of 90, added on March 4th, 2005 at 11:36 AM.

this poem is inspiring. i am only 13 yet her poems are amazing. i have to
do a project on her and i think, these poems are what takes us through
life. she shows us life is not perfect and we have to go through hell once
in a while. thank god, she's sane. and i need help on this porject!!

anoyminous from United Kingdom

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Ghosts
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