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Analysis and comments on For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton

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Comment 13 of 251, 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.

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Comment 12 of 251, 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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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: For My Lover, Returning To His Wife
Added: Feb 20 2003
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