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Analysis and comments on Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton

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Comment 12 of 101, added on February 27th, 2007 at 6:32 PM.

Oh *please* people! Can we stop the amateur psychiatric diagnostics, based
on a *poem*, which is supposed to be impressionistic, and freeform, being
(broadly) "Modern".She was not, by all reports available, schizophrenic.
Sorry about the strident tone, but it annoys the hell outta me that as soon
as we know someone has struggled with any sort of mental illness, we tend
to use that to explain all the parts that we simply have failed to grasp.
Sometimes, we are just don't get a really complex and layered work of art
guys--it doesn't mean she was beyond reason, or that the poem describes
that either.Lazy reading, and lazy thinking, I think. Anne Sexton suffered
from depression, which twice (?)got severe enough to cause nervous
breakdown. That is *not* schizophrenia, and the poem can be read , and
understood, without goimg overboard with some romantic, dramatic and
ultimately lazy fantasy of "madness"(as opposed to the reality--her
particular experience of which I think she describes very "sanely").
Sheesh.

Lex from Australia

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Anna Who Was Mad
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Nov 19 2004


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