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Comment 3 of 33, added on May 22nd, 2007 at 12:23 AM.
I don't think Anne Sexton was an idiot. Drugged out, self-indulgent, doing
stream-of-conscious writing--any or all of those--seem more likely. I also
don't think it was meant to be entirely funny, as it stems from that eerie
phrase of T.S. Eliot's from The Waste Land: HURRY UP PLEASE IT'S TIME. Time
for what? And why? And if I figure those two out, am I capable of doing
whatever it is that it's time to do? Do I want to? The poem's not aging so
well in spots, granted; the Ms. Dog references might have been clever once
but now just sound strange. Still, I think the poem is an effective and
perhaps deliberately roundabout examination of the sense of immediacy and
urgency (often pointless, but powerful nonetheless) that still pervades
American culture. We'd like her to hurry up and get to the point; Sexton
counters that impatient drive to The Answer by taking her sweet time...and
then (arguably) never answering the question at all.
Sara from United States
Comment 2 of 33, added on December 18th, 2005 at 2:34 PM.
I love this poem. I believe you may not get it... but moronic?
Liz from United States
Comment 1 of 33, added on April 18th, 2005 at 2:29 AM.
This was written by a true idiot. It's not funny or ironical, just moronic.
Jason Smith from United States
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