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Analysis and comments on Courage by Anne Sexton

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Comment 24 of 154, added on February 19th, 2009 at 11:24 AM.

i love this poem so much!! it is a very sad poem that talks about life and
all the things you go through. it's sad how in the last stanza she talks
about death sneaking up on you and then, because you are ready, you put on
your slippers and walk out. i love how this poem was written.

ruth from United States
Comment 23 of 154, added on February 21st, 2008 at 10:33 PM.

I enjoy this poem...What could it be saying everyone has many opions about
it but most of all its outstanding how courage was broken down.....We as
people never have courage to face the worst fear that Really scares them
maybe the author's fear was death and she wanted the courage to overcome

Kimberly T Greene from United States
Comment 22 of 154, added on January 31st, 2008 at 1:25 PM.

it is interesting to judge courage, in this poem courage is not only
standing up and dealing with obstacles that come your way, courage is also
knowing when enough is enough.
what takes more courage...to live a life of sorrow, or to end it ?
who has more courage the one who goes thru with what will keep them at
peace or the one who looks down and just takes the blows of life?

johanna from United States
Comment 21 of 154, added on April 23rd, 2007 at 8:02 PM.

ummm, to answere the question below me, Sexton is saying that there is
courage needed for every part of your life, but the most courage is needed
when you face your death. Maybe she is saying that she doesnt have enough
courage yet to face it herself and wishes that she did so she could put
herself out of her own misery

Madie from United States
Comment 20 of 154, added on April 19th, 2007 at 2:38 PM.

uhhh, how can someone that kills herself talk about courage in daily life?

Mike Hunt
Comment 19 of 154, added on April 25th, 2006 at 10:47 AM.

Life.....there is so much and its hardly easy. Sexton is real and open to
the truth of it all. I do believe it takes courage to go through life and
more than that grow from what you've learned. Courage doesn't have to mean
saving a life(Sexton refered to that as love), but a small step forward."To
keep on...." through life's journey and its many steps and expieriences
until you've grown old and gained the courage to face your inevitable
dealth. To be able to look back on your time on earth and thank God for
giving you that gift, hoping you spent it well and without regret.

jimee from United States
Comment 18 of 154, added on April 10th, 2006 at 6:01 PM.

i would like to state i totally agree with jennifer...
I think she nailed it right on the head almost... but then again a poem is
left to anyones intepretation. Not that any of you are wrong... but i
disagree with pretty much all of those analysis

Comment 17 of 154, added on April 5th, 2006 at 6:52 PM.

to "Anne S." from United States. It is a shame that you should have such
disrespect for such an amazing author as to say something so inappropriate.
Anne Sexton died in 1974 when she commited suicide after a battle with
mental illness. This is a beautiful poem and i am sorry you are too
immature to appreciate it.

Cassie from United States
Comment 16 of 154, added on March 21st, 2006 at 11:24 AM.

i agree with jennifer totally from the U.S. and i'm only 16

yolanda from United States
Comment 15 of 154, added on March 15th, 2006 at 4:53 PM.

i read courage as the courage to endure the pain inflicted by everyday
struggles which are magnified when seen through the unforgiving shades of
depression in silence. i see intense fear and anxiety especially in the
comparison of a child's first step to a an earthquake, the random nature of
human nature can be quite intimidating and do much to crack our very
foundation. swallowing courage like a coal, a lump in your throat that
won't quite go down, you share your pain w/none but yourself (and your
trusty pen). love as simple as shaving soap, its needed so you won't cut
(hurt) yourself yet it is not the soap but your own steady hand which does
the ShAVING.

katherine kayla from Mongolia

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Added: Feb 20 2003
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