Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
October 7th, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 298,706 comments.
Analysis and comments on Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton

1 [2]

Comment 8 of 18, added on April 3rd, 2007 at 9:54 PM.

I can't understand the last sentence.Who can explain it for me?

more from China
Comment 7 of 18, added on September 4th, 2005 at 5:17 PM.

jasmine from United States; it sounds to me like you don't have the strong
stomach required to enjoy confessional poetry.
I agree completely with Mack from United Kingdom, and have nothing to add
since he said it all already.

Linnea from Australia
Comment 6 of 18, 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

Brilliant, really.

Mack from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 18, 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

jasmine from United States
Comment 4 of 18, added on April 15th, 2005 at 11:17 AM.

this poem rocks

Kristin from United States
Comment 3 of 18, 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 18, 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 18, 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

This poem has been commented on more than 10 times. Click below to see the other comments.
1 [2]
Share |

Information about Buying The Whore

Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Buying The Whore
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 17450 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 15 2007

Add Comment

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding this poem better? If they are accepted, they will be added to this page of American Poems. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination.

Do not post questions, pleas for homework help or anything of the sort, as these types of comments will be removed. The proper place for questions is the poetry forum.

Please note that after you post a comment, it can take up to an hour before it is visible on the website! Rest assured that your comment is not lost, so don't enter your comment again.

Comment on: Buying The Whore
By: Anne Sexton

Name: (required)
E-mail Address: (required)
Show E-mail Address:
Yes No
Poem Comments:

Poem Info

Sexton Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links