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Analysis and comments on Courage by Anne Sexton

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Comment 13 of 133, added on January 19th, 2006 at 8:30 PM.

To me, this poem is about a strange relationship between courage, living,
and dying.

To live within society you have to be brave. You have to be brave beacuse
society probably won't accept you (fatty, poor, ect) and beacuse it has
expectations of you (facing bombs and bullets). But each act of bravery is
a small step of suicide.(acid, coals, sword) Youv'e got to kill yourself to
live. (not literally, of course)

Emma from United States
Comment 12 of 133, added on January 11th, 2006 at 11:29 PM.

What a shame to express some idea that connects so well to what others feel
and then to disown the talent.

donna
Comment 11 of 133, added on January 5th, 2006 at 9:10 PM.

Hello everyone..just to address all the people who are trying to analyze my
poem here, i was totally high when I wrote this and it really does not mean
anything at all.

Anne S. from United States
Comment 10 of 133, added on January 1st, 2006 at 10:44 PM.

I liked this poem. There is so much to it. The transition flows smoothly
from childhood to death. It is also symbolic. I did not get some of the
expressions that Anne Sexton used in the poem. According to other comments,
this poem can obviously be interpreted many, different ways. Although I
think courage is one of the main themes or ideas, I still think there are
other themes like bravery, death and others. I have more that I can say but
i'll conclude for now.

Jennifer from United States
Comment 9 of 133, added on December 5th, 2005 at 10:01 AM.

this poem was emailed to me by a very dear friend of mine, and when I read
this poem it made me feel that no matter how small something is we do, it's
the most important things we can do especially if we have courage, which in
my opinion means hope, hope in the decisins we make and hope we make the
right ones.

Sarah from United States
Comment 8 of 133, added on October 18th, 2005 at 3:10 PM.

i think that this poem is a wonderful peice of paper

johnny from Canada
Comment 7 of 133, added on August 29th, 2005 at 5:37 PM.

I strongly believe that this poem speaks of how Sexton saw courage...I am
convinced that she saw courage as a normal part of life when she states
"your courage will still be shown in the little ways." This is also
apparent throughout the entire poem as she continuously mentions that in
every aspect of life we swallow coal and when she says that "You did not
fondle the weakness inside you, though it was there" because everyone has
weakness, and we don't see it or cunsult with it, we just make it another
part of our lives, as to move forward in life, and even near death as old
age, we aren't afraid of death... This poem merely tells me that she
believed that courage, although important, isn't what all people see it as,
or as brave...like a typical hero sort of thing...I happen to agree, but
not when it comes to someone who is shy...speaking mainly of those who do
become alienated....thus end in suicide...which literally have the upper
hand in what courage really is...=)
(in my perspective anyways)...
Not that suicide is the best answer...
She also spoke of "Acid." To consume this is to hurt yourself...because no
one can hurt you without your consent. I also believe that is a quote by
Lady Roosevelt....almost sure of it...but not exactly in those words...

Overall I happen to love this poem...and I agree with is...so far...

Brenda from United States
Comment 6 of 133, added on August 27th, 2005 at 11:19 AM.

The second stanza means the most to me. It faces the problems in life that
everyone has, no matter what their age is. "bombs and bullets" are big
secrets that you keep to yourself, you don't put it on "a banner". 'The
weekness', that everyone always has is covered by your lack of 'courage',
that you keep swallowing. And your friends death is reall your own suicide,
even if you don't accomplish it(like Anne Sexton herself).

Dan E. from United States
Comment 5 of 133, added on May 5th, 2005 at 2:34 PM.

Bob thinks that this poem was authored by an anorexic being, she thinks
it's dumb and that it should not be good.

Bill
Comment 4 of 133, added on April 25th, 2005 at 11:49 AM.

This poem is an great example of how you should not be afraid to stand up
to death, but to build courage at a younge age and be strong willed in life
itself!

Kelsey from United States

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