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Analysis and comments on Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton

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Comment 6 of 16, added on August 20th, 2005 at 5:03 AM.

This doesn't only speak of the pain of a man buying the whore.
It's a commentary on the mutual degradation.

"You are a glass that I have paid to shatter"

This speaks of the man degrading the whore.

"and I swallow the pieces down with my spit."

This tells of how in the process of degradation the man destroys himself as
anyone who has swallowed glass can tell you.

I would even posit that it refers in a more general sense to relationships
between man and woman or indeed any relationship with an uneven power
structure.

Brilliant, really.


Mack from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 16, added on May 11th, 2005 at 6:21 PM.

oh my god this poem was ok i think it was kind of nasty i really dont
understand why a person would write a poem like this but i did kind of like
it

jasmine from United States
Comment 4 of 16, added on April 15th, 2005 at 11:17 AM.

this poem rocks

Kristin from United States
Comment 3 of 16, added on April 10th, 2005 at 12:38 PM.

I enjoyed the notion of vomiting cash to pay for a the services of a whore.
I agree that is a painful process for a man to have pay for the
companionship of a woman.

juan from United States
Comment 2 of 16, added on January 27th, 2005 at 4:59 PM.

i LOVE this poem. like nicole said--its very truthful. i love this poet as
well. im doing a report on her in school right now.

stef from United States
Comment 1 of 16, added on December 4th, 2004 at 7:22 PM.

I think that "buying the whore" is a wonderful poem. It describes in and
essance exactly what a whore is "bought" for and their use. To me it is a
poem of hate and of pitty, and it is wonderful.

Nicole from United States

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Buying The Whore
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Jul 15 2007


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