Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: For My Lover, Returning To His Wife
Comment 14 of 14, added on February 12th, 2012 at 4:43 AM.
JhYCeD See it for the first time!!...
Comment 13 of 14, added on September 9th, 2010 at 1:56 AM.
hi,this poem is one of the most interesting poem i ever read.for me,it gives an emphases on how the persona of the poem gave so much value to the sacred sacrament that bind the two life as husband and wife.The persona only apply the sayings...."love is selfless....it is setting someone free for the sake of his\her happiness.
jason n.labastida from Philippines
Comment 12 of 14, added on June 9th, 2010 at 10:07 PM.
I saw on another site that this poem was about the author lacking self-confidence and the husband being weak. I disagree. I believe this poem has nothing to do with an inability to keep a lover or low self-confidence. Nor do I believe that it shifts blame onto the husband or implies a weakness on his part. Anne Sexton, in this poem, is showing the different roles between the mistress and the wife. The wife is the person to whom the husband goes home...the woman who takes care of him, who bore his children and cares for them, who ultimately holds his heart. The mistress is simply a fleeting luxury...someone who will not be there forever. In this poem, she removes herself from the equation and gives the husband permission to solely care for his wife. "I am a watercolor. I wash off" doesn't refer to a lack of self-confidence, it refers to the temporary nature of being a mistress.
Andria from United States
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