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Analysis and comments on Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton

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Comment 8 of 34, added on December 9th, 2009 at 4:36 AM.
Briar Rose.

This poem is definitely about sexual abuse in that she says her dad stoops
over her drunkenly and she screams Daddy Daddy! and at the begining where
it says "come be my snooky." She frequently refers to a "voyage" in her
poems. ex: Wanting to Die. where she refers to her "voyage" as her life.
She says that in this poem that seh is afraid of sleep and that if she is
to sleep she would only sleep with some knock out drugs and never in the
prince's presence. Sleep must take her unaware. "There was a theft" is a
great quote in which it implies that he stole something from her. Her
virginity. She was also passed around hand tohand. She was forced Forward.
This is deifinitely not a fairytale rewrite but perhaps a parralel to
either her or someone she knew or didn't know. Although, there are
biographies on the internet and in books that say that her father was an
alcoholic and constantly felt as if she'd be abandoned. She mentions this
in her poem. "I was abandoned." That may also refer to her "nana" who had a
breakdown and was hospitalized and traumatized her. however, she may also
be referring to her husband taking on the same behaviors as her father. As
she became a celebrity, her husband began to beat her more and more. This
led her to another breakdown.

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Comment 7 of 34, added on August 27th, 2008 at 11:12 PM.

This kind of writing is what I like to call prosetry. The only thing that
distinguishes it from prose is being divided up into short lines. If you'd
like to see a rare modern example of real poetry, about Briar Rose, visit
ellinanderson.com and read "The Two Pining Bachelors".

Richard Brodie
Comment 6 of 34, added on April 1st, 2006 at 4:41 AM.

I love this poem and it imspired my group to produce a play on sleeping
beauty called "sleeping beauty' nightmare" which we used for our A level
exam!...it also made me to look into more of her poems and i love them!...

Georgia from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 34, added on March 7th, 2006 at 11:52 AM.

It is about her father,there is no fairytalein this story. Her father was a
drunk nad alcoholicand she would hang with her Great Aunt to get away.

Maggie from United States

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty)
Added: Feb 20 2003
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