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Analysis and comments on Courage by Anne Sexton

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Comment 8 of 138, 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 138, 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 138, 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 138, 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 138, 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
Comment 3 of 138, added on November 7th, 2004 at 6:49 PM.

i really like this poem. It is symbolic to many people's lives today in the
world. People get made fun of, they "feed" off that, and in the end, turn
out of be stronger mentally.

steve from United States
Comment 2 of 138, added on October 15th, 2004 at 7:54 PM.

Courage is not facing life in it's succession. Courage is facing the
adversity in that life and overcoming it.
I'll grant no rewards or trophies for the natural course of life and
neither should you.
Courage is facing the unknown with no guide or previous example to follow,
staring it down with determination to not succumb, and coming out- maybe a
little worse for wear, maybe a little better, but being the one who came
out, without a guide or some promise of some comforted end.

Fatalthot from United States
Comment 1 of 138, added on September 16th, 2004 at 6:23 PM.

This poem is about gaining courage as you get older.Like in the first
stanza it says" The child's first step,
as awesome as an earthquake...or poor or fatty or crazy
and made you into an alien,
you drank their acid
and concealed it."
meaning they called you all sorts of names but you took it in and conceald
it.you started to build courage at a younge age.
At the end it says "when death opens the back door
you'll put on your carpet slippers
and stride out."
meaning one is willing to stand up to death and not be afraid.

Jazmin Simmons

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Poet: Anne Sexton
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